(New York) New York police (NYPD) on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of voluntarily setting fire to a huge Christmas tree in front of the headquarters of the American television station Fox News.
The 49-year-old is now on trial for “firing” after climbing a structure supporting this bright 15-meter-tall tree set up in front of a conservative chain American building at midnight (Wednesday 5am GMT). In the heart of Manhattan.
As seen in the impressive television footage from last night, the tree was set on fire.
The man arrested had a “lighter” on him, but police do not know if he used any “catalyst” to put out the blaze, New York firefighters are yet to determine the cause, according to the NYPD.
As soon as the fire was brought under control, no one was injured.
The motive for the attack has not yet been determined, but Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott has denied the allegations in a statement.
Criticizing “deliberate, insulting and cowardly action”, the head of a large conservative American television channel promised to plant a new tree at the same location on the 6th Avenue soon.E Avenue and 48E rue, “The message of peace, light and joy, (even) in the darkest moment”.
According to Fox News, the 15-meter-tall tree was “adorned with some 10,000 glass ornaments and 100,000 small lights.”
During the holiday season, a huge fire broke out in front of the Rockefeller Center, one of New York’s popular tourist attractions, from another large Christmas tree that has been burning since early December.