Man Arrested for Burning Down Fox News All-American Christmas Tree In New York City

A man has been arrested for allegedly setting the Fox News All-American Christmas tree on fire.

The tree is located just outside the company’s news center in Fox Square on West 48th Street and 6th Avenue.

The tree was just lit last Sunday.

The network said the tree had 10,000 glass ornaments, 100,000 lights, and took workers 21 hours to put together.

Fox News said its security spotted the suspect climbing the 50-foot-tall tree after midnight.

NYPD officers got there in time to see the suspect, Craig Tamanaha, fleeing the scene of the crime.

Tamanaha, a man in his 40s, was charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, and arson.

New York City firefighters were able to put the fire out and Fox News said they will rebuild the tree.

“This is just beyond tragic and angers everybody,” Brian Kilmeade said.

“Ultimately it comes down to what kind of a person lights a Christmas tree on fire,” co-host Steve Doocy said.

“This is part of a bigger problem,” Kilmeade added. He continued: “It’s the crime surge in this country.

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“There is so much crime in places that were always safe including 48th and sixth 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.”

From Fox News:

Tamanaha, 49, had three prior arrests: two for drug possession and one for public intoxication. He was said to be homeless with a last known address in Brooklyn. 

There were no reported injuries in the fire. Police said the investigation was ongoing.

They said it was not clear whether the suspect may have used accelerant to quicken the spread of the fire.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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