A man has deliberately lit himself and his car on fire in front of horrified diners while screaming about Victoria’s Covid-19 vaccine mandates. 

The man emerged from a silver hatchback which was engulfed in flames near Church St in Richmond  about 8pm on Saturday.

Police officers and firefighters doused the man with water to extinguish the flames. 

A man has set himself and his vehicle on fire in Richmond while screaming about Victoria's Covid-19 mandates on Saturday (pictured)

A man has set himself and his vehicle on fire in Richmond while screaming about Victoria's Covid-19 mandates on Saturday (pictured)

A man has set himself and his vehicle on fire in Richmond while screaming about Victoria’s Covid-19 mandates on Saturday (pictured)

Around five witnesses restrained the man before officers pinned him to the ground.

The man was then escorted by officers into an ambulance before he was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

One witness who helped restrain the man, told The Herald Sun the man’s flesh was burning before the flames were put out with water. 

The man had set himself and his car alight on Church St (pictured) in front of horrified diners at about 8pm on Saturday

The man had set himself and his car alight on Church St (pictured) in front of horrified diners at about 8pm on Saturday

The man had set himself and his car alight on Church St (pictured) in front of horrified diners at about 8pm on Saturday 

‘His skin was burning. He was on fire,’ she told the news outlet.

‘His skin is stuck to (my) shirt.

‘He was off his face screaming about the mandates.’

Lydia O’Connor was having dinner at a nearby restaurant when she heard the man screaming. 

‘He poured gas on himself and on his car. It was on purpose,’ Ms O’Connor said.

‘He was screaming about mandates. He was screaming: no vax ID and throwing books.’ 

Victoria police and about five witnesses restrained the man who appeared 'off his face' while screaming about vaccine mandates

Victoria police and about five witnesses restrained the man who appeared 'off his face' while screaming about vaccine mandates

Victoria police and about five witnesses restrained the man who appeared ‘off his face’ while screaming about vaccine mandates 

Patrons inside surrounding venues have been instructed to remain inside as police cars cordoned off the intersection near Church St and Swan St. 

Bystanders initially saw black smoke billowing from the vehicle while the driver’s side door appeared completely blackened from the blaze. 

Crime scene photographers arrived at the scene as investigators were seen collecting pieces of evidence from the ground and tram tracks.   

Victoria Police said it was called to the intersection after reports of a man self-harming. The man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The incident has caused disruptions to trams which run along Route 70 and Route 78 while police investigate. 

Source: | This article originally belongs to Daily Mail

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