Fox News Christmas tree caught fire at NYC office ‘by a homeless man’

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A 50-foot-tall Christmas tree outside the Fox News headquarters in Manhattan was set on fire early Wednesday — and the man who appeared to be waging a war against Christmas and possibly the network was arrested.

Fox News security agents saw a man climbing a tree outside the News Corp building on Avenue of the Americas around 12:15 p.m., according to the New York Police Department. The tree was then engulfed in flames.

‘This is Fox Square in New York, outside of Fox’s headquarters,’ said Fox News host Shannon Bream speak in the live broadcast just after midnight.

‘It looks like our giant Christmas tree there, just minutes ago, was completely engulfed in flames.’

A 50-foot-tall Christmas tree outside the Fox News headquarters in New York City was engulfed in flames early Wednesday (Image: Reuters/Twitter)

Minutes later, Bream said the fire appeared to have been extinguished.

“But we’ll be monitoring the situation to try to figure out what sparked the whole thing,” she said.

Video of the fire was shared on social media.

Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott in a company-wide memo on Thursday condemned the vandalism.

Scott said in a memo obtained by New York Times. ‘We are in the process of rebuilding and installing a new tree as a message that there can be peace, light and joy even in dark times like this’.

Police arrested Craig Tamanaha, 49, in connection with the attack. He has been charged with arson, mischief, reckless endangerment, nuisance offense endangering others, criminal tampering, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

Tamanaha has no apparent address and police believe he is homeless and are investigating whether mental illness or drugs were involved, The Times reported. He was arrested in March for smoking K2, a synthetic drug. It is not immediately known whether he will retain his attorney.

The Fox News tree is decorated with 100,000 lights and 10,000 decorations. The lighting ceremony took place over the weekend, continuing a tradition that began two years ago.

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