(RepublicanPress.org) – In the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 8, Fox News’ Christmas tree went up in flames. Fortunately, local police officers identified and arrested the individual responsible for the massive blaze.
Shortly after midnight, Fox News security reached out to authorities when they saw an individual climbing up the Christmas tree. The man reportedly lit pieces of paper on fire while he was in the tree and caused it to go up in flames. New York Police Department officers quickly arrived at the scene and captured Craig Tamanaha, a 49-year-old homeless man, as he attempted to flee the crime scene.
A man was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion that he set on fire a 50-foot-tall Christmas tree outside the Fox News headquarters in midtown Manhattan, the New York Police Department said. https://t.co/JBqAgDYJSj pic.twitter.com/EesZ7AAQUb
— Newsmax (@newsmax) December 8, 2021
Firefighters successfully extinguished the blaze, but not before it destroyed the red, white, and blue “All-American Christmas Tree.” Law enforcement officials hit Tamanaha with multiple charges including but not limited to arson and reckless endangerment.
Thanks to Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s lenient approach to bail reform, authorities freed Tamanaha shortly after his Wednesday arraignment, since his charges weren’t eligible for bail consideration under the liberal mayor’s new laws.
Tamanaha said, “I didn’t do it!” to reporters as he departed the courthouse. Reports say he also yelled profanities while addressing to media members and asked for a cigarette.
A new Christmas display went up on Thursday morning in front of the Fox News headquarters in New York City, after a man set fire to the "All-American Christmas Tree" early Wednesday morning. https://t.co/b053UG5T4g pic.twitter.com/HoR5BYGuar
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 9, 2021
Fox News replaced the Christmas tree on Thursday.
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