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Former wife of The Apple Farm owner in Victor charged with arson

Karen Bahai, 57, is accused of setting the fire at The Apple Farm in Victor back in November 2016. (WHAM photo - November 2016)

Victor, N.Y. (WHAM) - A woman has been arrested Monday morning and charged with setting a fire at a popular Victor business last fall.

Karen Bahai, 57, is accused of setting the fire at The Apple Farm in Victor back in November 2016.

"Its very sad, because my husband has worked very hard to build this," Karen Bahai told 13WHAM back in November 2016. "Now I don't know what we're going to do."

Bahai was charged with felony third-degree arson, according to a criminal complaint filed in court Monday.

Judge Thomas Reh arraigned Bahai Monday afternoon and remanded her to the Ontario County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 property bond.

Karen's former husband, Munir Bahai, ran The Apple Farm for decades.

"When she woke me up, the fire department was already here," Munir Bahai told 13WHAM Monday night. "I guess they interviewed her a few times and they interviewed her after the fire."

On November 4, 2016, the fire started at the back of the main building located on State Route 444. The building was a total loss.

The small goats, pig and chicks were unharmed.

"I wonder what was going through her mind," said Apple Farm employee Jeff Schafer.

Local businesses, like Railside Market & Cafe in Victor, pitched in to raise money to help the farm rebuild.

"It's unfortunate that a problem like this had to occur, but we're still going to be very supportive of them," said Alyssa Consiglio, co-owner of the Railside Market & Cafe in Victor.

Bahai, who currently lives in Greece, is scheduled to be back in court for a preliminary hearing on December 22 at 12 p.m.

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