The New York City Police Department has arrested a suspect in the fire of the Christmas tree outside the Fox News headquarters on Wednesday.
According to a report in The Hill the massive fire was located in the plaza just steps from the leading news network’s headquarters in midtown manhattan. News of the fire began to circulate as soon as flames and smoke began to billow from the tree in the densely populated urban square earlier this week.
“Police told The New York Times overnight that the fire started shortly after midnight and did not cause any injuries,” The Hill reported. Officers have arrested a 49-year-old man under suspicion of starting the fire, however, authorities were unwilling to identify the man or give any further details on the fire.
Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott issued a memo on Wednesday to the network staff calling the incident a malicious arson.”
“We are very grateful to the FDNY which quickly mobilized to extinguish the fire and the NYPD which apprehended the criminal on site who has since been charged with arson, among multiple other crimes,” Scott said.
The fire consumed the “all-American” tree had a reported 10,000 ornaments and 100,000 lights and was ceremonially lit on Sunday.
“This is just beyond tragic and angers everybody,” Brian Kilmeade, a host of “Fox & Friends,” said on the network’s morning program early Wednesday.
“Ultimately it comes down to what kind of a person lights a Christmas tree on fire,” co-host Steve Doocy added, saying eye witnesses saw a person climbing up the tree with newspapers before the blaze started. Doocy said it would be “symbolic” for Fox News to put up another tree.
“This is part of a bigger problem,” Kilmeade said. “It’s the crime surge in this country. … There is so much crime in places that were always safe, including 48th and 6th here. This is emblematic of these cities out of control, defame and defund the police and this bail reform that has these men and women, these assailants, these suspects out before they can even finish the paperwork. This is what you get when you have these left-wing DAs … running these cities, you get chaos.”