THE Christmas tree outside Fox News’ New York City headquarters was lit again today after it was set on fire and destroyed this week, with many thinking it was the tree at Rockefeller Center that was torched.
The relighting ceremony took place Thursday night during Fox News’ hit show, The Five.
A man was arrested earlier this week after the tree at Fox Square was allegedly set on fire.
The suspect has been identified as 49-year-old Craig Tamanaha, who is homeless, with a last known address in Brooklyn. A lighter was found in his possession.
Police said that Tamanaha climbed up the tree, lit papers that he brought with him on fire and shoved them into the tree. He then climbed down and watched as the 50 ft tree burned down.
Fox News and Fox Corp have made an incredible $100,000 donation to Answer the Call, an organization that provides financial assistance to the families of fallen service members of the FDNY and NYPD. Both agencies immediately responded to the arson earlier this week.
Read our Fox News Christmas tree live blog for the latest news and updates…
How many lights are on the tree?
According to Fox, there are 100,000 lights on the new Christmas tree, which was lit this evening.
Has Craig Tamanaha been arrested before?
Tamanaha has three prior arrests, two in March 2021 for controlled substances and one in 2015 for an open container, the NYPD told The US Sun.
He was also detained in November 2020 for “exposing himself” in front of the United States Court House in downtown Manhattan as Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial was going on inside.
He was later released.
Is Craig Tamanaha being held in jail?
Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bayley said at the arraignment that Tamanaha was “not charged with a bail eligible offense”.
Judge Martinez Alonso granted Tamanaha a supervised release at the request of prosecutors.
Tamanaha was ordered to return to court on January 4, 2022.
Craig Tamanaha’s father gives comment
Craig Tamanaha’s father, Richard Tamanaha, of Hawaii, told The New York Post: “Oh, he’s a nut. I can’t control him.”
“Mentally, he’s not all there.”
What did Craig Tamanaha say about the incident?
The suspect denied causing the fire to reporters outside Manhattan criminal court, saying: “I didn’t do it.”
Tamanaha also hurled obscenities at reporters before asking them for a cigarette.
Who is Craig Tamanaha?
Tamanaha is the suspect in the Fox Christmas tree fire incident.
Not much is known about him, but he is 49 years old and is a homeless man whose last known address was in Brooklyn.
What did police say Craig Tamanaha did?
The police said Tamanaha had climbed up the tree, lit papers that he brought with him and pushed them into the tree.
He then climbed down and watched as the 50ft tree burned down.
The NYPD told the US Sun: “Upon arrival, officers observed the male running from the location and he was taken into custody.”
“The male suspect was removed to the Midtown North Precinct where he will be processed.”
What did Fox say? continued
“The 50-foot tree, which was just lit in a beautiful on-air ceremony on Sunday night, was engulfed in flames and smoke permeated the building.”
Suzanne Scott confirmed there were no injuries and thanked the FDNY, the NYPD and the company’s security staff.
What did Fox say?
Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott told staff the tree would be rebuilt as “a message that there can be peace, light and joy even during a dark moment”.
She wrote in a company memo: “Earlier this morning, FOX News Media’s All-American Christmas tree outside our building on FOX Square was set on fire in a malicious arson attack.
Was anyone arrested?
Craig Tamanaha was named as a suspect in the Fox tree fire.
He was arrested by cops at the scene in midtown Manhattan on December 8, 2021.
What happened to the FOX Christmas tree?
The Christmas tree had been put up in Fox Square to celebrate the holiday season.
The NYPD said a man was arrested after allegedly lighting the tree on fire.
Watched from home
Many watched the tree relighting from home on the Fox channel.
A new tree was put up after the original one was burned down by an alleged arsonist.
‘Awesome job to everyone that helped’
The new Christmas tree was built and lit up not long after the original tree was burned down.
Some commented on how quickly Fox rebuilt the tree.
‘Everyone coming together as one’
Fox fans have expressed excitement over the relighting of the Christmas tree.
One Twitter user said, “I love Fox News especially The Five! A very touching tribute to relighting the Christmas Tree. I wish I were there in person. Everyone coming together as one!
Cardinal Dolan speaks at tree lighting
“Lord…we praise you for the light of creation…” said Cardinal Dolan.
“We praise you for the light of Israel….We praise you for Jesus Christ your son. He is Immanuel God with us the prince of peace who fills us with the wonder of your love.”
Rev. Jacques DeGraff speaks
Fox news contributor Rev. Jacques DeGraff said:
“I’m here because these colors do not run. 80 years ago this week, they tried to extinguish the darkness in a place called Pearl Harbor.”
“We didn’t fold then, and we won’t fold now!”
Lights are on!
“The tree is beautiful,” said Judge Jeanine Pirro.
One twitter user joked that there is a bigger crowd at the relighting of the new Fox News Christmas tree than at any of President Biden’s rallies.
Twitter users waiting
Excited Twitter users are anticipating the tree lighting, which is set to happen at any moment.
Hundreds gathered in Fox square
Hundreds of spectators are currently gathered at Fox square to watch the Christmas tree lighting this evening.
New Christmas tree about to be lit
A new tree has been put up to replace the one that was burned down.
It will be lit up in a few moments and can be watched live on the Fox channel.
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