Fox News Man Charged with Arson for Burning Christmas Tree

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A man has been charged with arson and other crimes for setting a 50-foot Christmas tree on fire outside Fox News headquarters in midtown Manhattan, police said on Wednesday.

The tree outside the News Corp building that houses Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post caught fire shortly after midnight, New York police said.

Photos and videos of the scene shows the fully decorated tree igniting.

Fox News host Shannon Bream broke the blaze to viewers as firefighters scrambled to put it out.

“This is Fox Square in New York City, outside of Fox headquarters,” Bream said. “It looks like our giant Christmas tree over there just a few minutes ago was completely on fire. “

Firefighters extinguished the flames and no injuries were reported.

A 49-year-old man who police said was homeless has been arrested on charges of criminal mischief, arson and trespassing. It was not clear if he had a lawyer who could comment on the charges.

Police said the man had a lighter, but it was not clear if an accelerator was used.

The tree had been ceremoniously lit during a network Christmas special on Sunday. His charred remains were dismantled on Wednesday.

A message requesting comment was sent to a spokesperson for Fox News.



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