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A man is in custody after a 50-foot Christmas tree outside the News Corp. Building in New York, which houses Fox News, went up in flames early Wednesday.
Fox News security spotted the 49-year-old suspect climbing what the conservative network has dubbed its “All-American Christmas Tree” in Fox Square on the Avenue of the Americas at around 12:14 a.m., the New York Police Department told HuffPost in a statement.
CHRISTMAS TREE OUTSIDE FOX NEWS CHANNEL SET ON FIRE: Police arrested a man overnight in connection with the fire in Midtown Manhattan; no word on a motive pic.twitter.com/YTV79WAGHn
— ABC World News Now (@abcWNN) December 8, 2021
“Upon arrival, officers observed the male running from the location and he was taken into custody,” police said. “The investigation remains ongoing.”
Fire crews brought the blaze under control without injuries.
Fox News anchor Shannon Bream covered the fire live on air.
“It appears that our giant Christmas tree there just a couple of minutes ago was completely engulfed in flames,” Bream said.
Watch the video here:
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) December 8, 2021
The tree’s reported 100,000 lights were switched on Sunday for the holiday season.
“We will not let this deliberate and brazen act of cowardice deter us,” a Fox News spokeswoman said in a statement. “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 a dark moment like this.”
A live shot of the destroyed tree continued to stream on the Fox News website, set to the sound of festive music, hours after the fire:
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.