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.
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