Christmas tree set on fire outside Fox News; man arrested: NYPD

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Left: A 50-foot Christmas tree outside the News Corp. building in Midtown Manhattan was set on fire early Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. Right: Worker disassembles the destroyed decorative tree. (Citizen App/AP Photo)

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN — A man was arrested overnight after allegedly setting a Christmas tree on fire outside the News Corp. building in Midtown Manhattan, according to the NYPD.

Police said just after midnight Wednesday, Fox News security in the building saw a man climbing the 50-foot Christmas tree outside the office building located at West 48th Street and Sixth Avenue.

The FDNY said units responded around the same time after a report of a rubbish fire, and arrived to find the tall decorated tree on fire.

Video from the Citizen App showed the Christmas tree engulfed in large flames outside the Sixth Avenue building that’s home to the Fox News network, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post.

Roads Blocked Due to Large Christmas Tree Fire @CitizenApp

W 48th St & 6th Ave 12:18:33 AM EST

Responding police officers saw the man running from the scene, but he was soon taken into custody without further incident, authorities said.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the burning tree, according to the FDNY, who said no injuries were reported.

Click through the gallery below to see photos of the tree before and after the blaze:

  • News Corp. building Christmas tree in 2021
  • News Corp. building Christmas tree set on fire
  • Christmas Tree Fire Fox News
  • Christmas Tree Fire Fox News
  • Christmas Tree Fire Fox News

Police said 49-year-old Craig Tamanaha was arrested on a slew of charges, including criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, arson, criminal nuisance – endangering others, criminal tampering, and disorderly conduct.

A lighter was recovered from the suspect, but it was unclear if any accelerant was used to spark the blaze, the NYPD said.

The exact cause of the fire was to be determined by the fire marshal.

FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said a new tree would be installed outside the building.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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