Stephen Colbert Sings Christmas Jingle to Mock Fox News' Tree Fire Coverage

The Fox News Christmas tree fire is proving to be excellent fodder for late-night hosts, with Stephen Colbert joking that it would never have happened if the tree had a gun.

Firefighters fought a sizable blaze outside Fox News' headquarters in New York City in the early hours of Wednesday, after the network's 50-foot tree was set on fire.

No injuries were reported and authorities managed to get the blaze under control.

"We will not let this deliberate and brazen act of cowardice deter us," Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott told staff in a memo after the incident.

Colbert had a different reaction, quipping on Wednesday night's episode of The Late Show: "This would never have happened if the tree had a gun."

The host continued: "Fox News tried to warn us this was coming. Every time a store clerk says, 'Happy holidays,' a Christmas tree bursts into flames."

Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the blaze, which is not believed to be politically motivated.

A spokesperson for the New York City Police Department told Newsweek on Thursday: "The cause of the fire is to be determined by NYC Fire Marshall, there are no injuries reported and the investigation is ongoing."

"Upon arrival, officers observed the male running from the location and he was taken into custody without further incident."

The suspect, Craig Tamanaha, 49, has been charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, arson, criminal nuisance-endangering others, criminal trespass, criminal tampering and disorderly conduct in connection to the fire.

Christmas Tree Fire Outside Fox News (VIDEO)
The Christmas tree outside the Fox News building in New York was set alight on Wednesday, December 8. Matthew Sturiano via Storyful

Poking fun at the arrest, Colbert added: "Authorities arrested a suspect last night, and police say that they believe he is homeless and mental illness may have played a factor. Homeless and mentally ill? Oh my God—the fire was set by Bill O'Reilly!"

Colbert then rolled a clip of Fox anchor Steve Doocy talking about the fire saying: "It's beginning to look a lot like arson" and made a tongue-in-cheek festive jingle.

"It's beginning to look a lot like arson…," Colbert sang to the tune of the holiday song.

"…Everywhere you go. Take a look at the tree and then the flames are roaring once again, Doocy, stop, drop, roll…"

Fox News Christmas Tree
Composite image of the Fox News tree and Stephen Colbert. Storyful/Getty

Colbert then teased Fox anchor Ainsley Earhardt for saying the tree was also about Hanukkah.

"I'm gonna go out on a burning limb and say this is not about Hanukkah," Colbert joked. "But on the other hand, maybe it is about Hanukkah, because I have a feeling that Fox will miraculously make this story last for eight days."

Fox News plans to broadcast the lighting of a replacement tree on Thursday.