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


The war on Christmas! Arsonist torches News Corporation’s giant 50ft Xmas tree outside its Manhattan HQ

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


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

Plumes of black smoke billowed from the festive display after it was set ablaze shortly after midnight in Fox Square, by the building which houses Fox News.

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

A 50ft tall Christmas tree outside the News Corporation building in New York has been set on fire as police arrested a man for arson

Plumes of black smoke billowed from the festive display after it was set ablaze shortly after midnight in Fox Square, by the building which houses Fox News

Plumes of black smoke billowed from the festive display after it was set ablaze shortly after midnight in Fox Square, by the building which houses Fox News

Plumes of black smoke billowed from the festive display after it was set ablaze shortly after midnight in Fox Square, by the building which houses Fox News 

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

Police cordoned off the square as FDNY firefighters extinguished the fire.

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

Investigators also refused to confirm if they found an incendiary device. 

The tree had been lit Sunday during an ‘all-American Christmas tree lighting’ ceremony.

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

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

It had been decorated with 10,000 glass ornaments, 100,000 lights and it had taken staff 21 hours to assemble. 

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

Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy said at its unveiling: ‘When we walk in at three and four o’clock in the morning on weekdays to go to work, the music is so orchestral, so dramatic, and so big, it just puts you in the Christmas spirit as you walk through the crossroads of the world.

‘Rockefeller Center is famous for having a Christmas tree. Now we have two of the biggest Christmas trees in Rockefeller Center.’

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