Police arrest man after Christmas tree is set on fire outside News Corporations Midtown headquarters

The war on Christmas! Arsonist sets fire to News Corporation’s giant 50-foot Christmas tree outside Manhattan headquarters

  • The 50-foot-tall tree was set on fire outside Fox News headquarters shortly after midnight
  • A man, 49, was arrested by police after he was seen running away from the fire
  • The red-white-blue tree was decorated with 10,000 glass ornaments on Sunday


A 50-foot-tall Christmas tree outside the News Corporation building in New York City has been set on fire when police arrested a man for arson.

Plumes of black smoke rose from the celebratory display after it was set on fire shortly after midnight in Fox Square, near the building that houses Fox News.

The red, white, and blue trim was completely destroyed when flames engulfed the tree on West 48th Street and 6th Avenue.

A 50-foot-tall Christmas tree outside New York’s News Corporation building has been set on fire when police arrested a man for arson

Plumes of black smoke rose from the celebratory display after it was set on fire shortly after midnight in Fox Square, near the building housing Fox News

Plumes of black smoke rose from the celebratory display after it was set on fire shortly after midnight in Fox Square, near the building housing Fox News

Plumes of black smoke rose from the celebratory display after it was set on fire shortly after midnight in Fox Square, near the building housing Fox News

Three nearby Christmas trees, which were also decorated with lights, were damaged by the fire.

Police cordoned off the plaza while FDNY firefighters put out the fire.

A 49-year-old man has been arrested after he was seen climbing the tree before running away, but police have not released any further information, but said they do not believe it was politically motivated.

Investigators also declined to confirm whether they found any incendiary device.

The tree was lit at an “all-American Christmas tree lighting” ceremony Sunday.

The red, white and blue trims were completely destroyed when flames engulfed the tree on West 48th Street and 6th Avenue

The red, white and blue trims were completely destroyed when flames engulfed the tree on West 48th Street and 6th Avenue

It was decorated with 10,000 glass ornaments, 100,000 lights, and it took the staff 21 hours to assemble.

It is not yet known whether the tree will be replaced.

Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy said at the unveiling: ‘When we walk in at 3 and 4 a.m. on weekdays to go to work, the music is so orchestral, so dramatic, and so grand, that just walking in the Christmas spirit through the intersection of the world.

Rockefeller Center is known for having a Christmas tree. Now we have two of the largest Christmas trees in Rockefeller Center.”

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