Owner's ex-wife, Karen Bahai is accused of intentionally setting the blaze that destroyed The Apple Farm retail store on Nov. 4, 2016.
UPDATE: A Greece woman is facing a felony arson charge in connection with a November 2016 fire that destroyed the retail store at The Apple Farm at state Route 444 in Victor.
Karen Bahai, 57, ex-wife of the owner, is accused of intentionally starting the Nov. 4, 2016 blaze. She was picked up Monday morning at her Greece residence, 2103 White Swan Drive, by deputies with the Ontario County Sheriff's Department.
Bahai was brought back to Victor where she was arraigned in Town Court before Justice Thomas Reh, who set bail at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond and remanded her to Ontario County Jail. She is due back in court Friday for a preliminary hearing.
Gloria Thomas of Honeoye, daughter of The Apple Farm owner Munir Bahai, said the operation was incorporated by her father in 1976 and is run by her brother Bejan. She said her father and Karen Bahai were only married for about four years.
"They were in midst of a contentious divorce at the time of this fire," Thomas said.
Firefighters battled the blaze for two hours but were unable to save the building after a fire broke out in the wee hours of Nov. 4, 2016 at The Apple Farm, a popular seasonal destination offering you-pick apples, hiking trails, disc golf and a petting zoo, as well as the store and bakery offering fresh apples and several apple products. No one was hurt in the fire, and the livestock in a fenced-in area connected to the building — goats, pigs, ducks and chickens — were rescued. The neighboring home and orchards were not damaged.