ROME, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- An Ivory Coast man facing deportation from Italy set himself on fire Thursday at Rome's Fiumicino airport, officials said.
The man was saved by a police officer who used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames, Italy's ANSA news agency reported.
The self-immolation caused three departures area in the airport to be closed to the public.
The man was transported to a hospital where he is in serious condition. The police officer who put out the flames was also hospitalized.