Grinch arsonist sets 50ft Christmas tree ablaze at Fox News in dramatic video

A Grinch-like arsonist has been arrested after scaling the 50ft Christmas tree outside of the Fox News building and setting it on fire.

Horrifying footage on social media showed plumes of black smoke billowing from the tree just after midnight this morning.

The festive display is located outside of the News Corporation building in Fox Square, Fox News' headquarters in New York City on West 48th Street and 6th Avenue.

A police cordon was erected as firefighters extinguished the massive blaze.

An array of Christmas decorations and lights were destroyed, as well as three other nearby trees.

Police apprehended the 49-year-old suspect after he was spotted climbing the 50ft tree before running away.

Investigators have said that they do not believe the incident was politically motivated.

Beyond that, police are refusing to reveal any further information at this time and have not confirmed whether an incendiary device was found at the scene.

The huge tree, which was decorated with 10,000 glass ornaments and 100,000 Christmas lights, had only been lit up on Sunday during an 'all-American Christmas tree lighting' ceremony.

The intricate display had taken 21 hours to put together.

Steve Doocy, host of weekly morning news show Fox & Friends, spoke at the unveiling.

He said: "When we walk in at three and four o’clock in the morning on weekdays to go to work, the music is so orchestral, so dramatic, and so big, it just puts you in the Christmas spirit as you walk through the crossroads of the world.

"Rockefeller Center is famous for having a Christmas tree. Now we have two of the biggest Christmas trees in Rockefeller Center."

There is currently no word on whether the showpiece Christmas tree will be replaced following today's fire.

Reacting to the news on Twitter, several people linked the incident to the furry green Christmas character known for hating the festive season.

"The suspect in custody," one person wrote, above a video of a man in a Grinch costume being handcuffed.

For the latest breaking news and stories from across the globe from the Daily Star, sign up for our newsletter by clicking here.

Source: Read Full Article