A 15-meter-high Christmas tree decorated with Christmas lights and decorations, installed near the main Fox News building in midtown Manhattan, was set on fire on December 8.

Shortly after the tree caught fire, the police detained the man. It is reported that the man was seen climbing a tree. Detective Adam Navarro of the New York Police Department told reporters that a 49-year-old man was arrested on the spot in connection with the fire.

A video from the scene shows New York police officers pinning someone to the ground, and a tall tree is burning brightly in the background. The racial and religious affiliation of the arsonist is not reported.


ABC7 New York reported that the security service noticed the man when he climbed a tree. It is reported that he had a lighter. A police officer was quoted as saying that the suspect acted alone and his actions did not appear to be “premeditated or politically motivated.”

Firefighters extinguished the fire. The photos presented by the TV channel show that only the frame remains of the upper half of the Christmas tree.

In the building next to which the tree was set on fire, there are, in addition to the studios of the Fox News channel, the editorial offices of the Wall Street Journal and New York Post newspapers. The building is owned by News Corporation, which also owns the Fox News channel. The Christmas tree was lit on Sunday to celebrate what the channel called an “all-American Christmas.”