A 50-feet tall Christmas tree caught fire mysteriously outside the headquarters of Fox news situated in Manhattan in the busy hours of Wednesday.

The fire prompted everyone to run while fire extinguishers rushed to the location to extinguish it.

According to the reports, the tree was lit ceremoniously in the “All-American” Christmas special telecasted by the news network on Sunday.

The fire was broadcast live on the network by one of the anchorpersons.

 “This is the Fox Square in New York, outside of Fox headquarters,” the host, Shannon Bream, told viewers shortly after midnight. “It appears that our giant Christmas tree there, just a couple of minutes ago, was completely engulfed in flames.”

A few moments into the live broadcast, it seemed that the smoke started to billow from above the tree which meant that the fire was extinguished. Shannon Bream stated that it seems likely that the fire has been put out. “But we’re going to monitor the situation to try to figure out what sparked this whole thing,” she added. 

According to the New York police department’s detective Adam Navarro, the fire started mysteriously around 12:15 am. No injuries were reported. He stated that an adult man of around 49 to 50 years has been taken into custody in connection with the fire eruption at Fox Square, Manhattan but he has not been interrogated yet.

The tree was 50 feet tall and was placed on the Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan and was supposed to be decorated with 100,000 lights as well as 10,000 different decorative ornaments. It was part of a lighting ceremony which took place last weekend. This is an annual tradition at Fox News headquarters since 2019.

Fox News stated that the Fox Square Christmas tree of 2019 was 30 feet tall and was decorated with nutcracker statues.

Square Christmas tree
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Steve Doocy, another host at Fox News, was saddened by the fire eruption which engulfed the Christmas tree and stated that the giant Christmas tree was contributing to the festive atmosphere at the headquarters.

“When we walk in at 3 and 4 o’clock in the morning, weekdays, to go to work, the music is so orchestral and so dramatic and so big, it just puts you in the Christmas spirit,” Mr. Doocy said.