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.
“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:
The tree’s reported 100,000 lights were switched on Sunday for the holiday season.
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: