Reports that a man is in custody followed Fox News host Shannon Bream sharing breaking news with viewers late in the night about the Christmas tree on fire outside the network’s headquarters.
NYPD confirmed a 49-year-old man was in custody though details about how the tree was set on fire were not yet clear, as NBC News 4 reported, noting that one of their employees witnessed the incident.
“A bit of breaking news for you tonight,” Bream told viewers on “Fox News at Night” as images onscreen showed a smoke-filled sky in a New York City street.
“You’re looking at live images. This is the Fox Square in New York outside of Fox headquarters,” Bream said. “It appears that our giant Christmas tree there, just a couple minutes ago was completely engulfed in flames.”
Bream expressed thanks to New York City first responders who, she indicated, had extinguished the massive flames and it appeared everyone was safe.
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NBC New York’s Tracie Strahan reported that a 49-year-old man is in custody and a lighter was found on the suspect when he was arrested. Charges are pending.
Strahan noted that the tree, located on West 48th Street and 6th Avenue, was “filled with 10,000 glass ornaments, 100,000 lights and took 21 hours to put together.”
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Fox News filled in viewers on the “aftermath” and Bream promised to keep them posted.
“It appears crews are there on the scene,” she said. “You can see the smoke and aftermath. They’re trying to get that under control. We’re gonna keep you posted. It is a large, beautiful, highly decorated tree right there on the Avenue of the Americas, Sixth Avenue there in New York City.”
The Christmas tree outside of Fox News has caught on fire. pic.twitter.com/No7SVK0JeF
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She later gave an update.
“This is our all-American Christmas tree,” she said. “The fire appears to be out for now. Moments ago you could see it was engulfed in flames. No word of any injuries there. We saw the crews there bravely fighting through this. They have gotten this under control. Looks like the fire is out for now. But we’re gonna monitor the situation, try to find out what sparked this whole thing. But for now, it looks like everybody is safe and sound. The fire is out.”
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