December 07, 2021 – A 49-year-old man, Craig Tamanaha, was taken into custody Wednesday morning, under suspicion of setting fire to a large decorative Christmas tree at Fox Square, outside of the National News Corporation Building in Manhattan.
According to a citizen report, responding officers initially requested firefighters to the News Corp Building on W 48th Street & 6th Avenue in Midtown around 12:15 a.m., for a trash fire.
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Soon after the request was made, a decorative Christmas tree was engulfed in flames and police could be seen arresting one male suspect on citizen app footage. Onlookers observed the Christmas decorations at Fox Square burning to a charred total loss.
Although the motive for the fire is still under investigation, according to an article by NBC4 New York, police determined the blaze allegedly set by the 49-year-old male suspect was not politically motivated and the suspect acted alone.
In total, three decorative Christmas trees were damaged in the 6th Avenue blaze, police said.
The man who is accused of setting Newscorp Fox News tree on fire was released without bail. According to online reports, he was previously arrested for exposing himself outside Ghislaine Maxwell Trial.
Christmas Tree is now getting rebuilt and redecorated. It will be lit up on December 9th.