Fire destroys main building at 'The Apple Farm' in Victor
Victor, N.Y. - Fire investigators are working to determine what started a fire at The Apple Farm in Victor early Friday morning.
According to the owners, Munir and Karen Bahai, they first noticed the fire around 3 a.m. The couple lives next door to the store on St. Rt. 444 in Victor. Karen couldn't sleep and was folding laundry when she saw the flames.
She called 911, then ran to tell her husband about the fire.
"It was very sad because my husband worked all his life to build this and now it's gone," Karen said. "I don't know what we're going to do."
The owner built the farm with his brother nearly 50 years ago, planting the first trees.
Munir immigrated to the U.S. from Israel and started the farm back in the 1970s.
"It's heartbreaking. I don't know what else to say," Munir said. "It happened, but at least nobody got hurt. That's all I have to say."
Flames ripped through the building around 3:30 a.m.
Fire officials believe the fire started at the back of the building.
The small goats, pig and chicks were unharmed.
Gloria Thomas grew up on the farm. She said she was awoken to missed phone calls and text messages about the fire.
"It's like a bad movie. a bad dream," she explained. "It's weird, and turn around and see that. I never would have expected it. ever."
She said there were lots of memories here.
"The walls were covered with blown up sized photos of the family," she said. "My dad and my uncles when they were younger and starting the family."
Several people stopped by to show their support and lend a helping hand.
"Halloween was just here, right?" said Veronica Jeremiah, who lives down the road from the Bahais. "So we have some extra bales of hay that we put out for the holiday, so we'd like to donate here and make sure to keep the animals fed and warm."
Francis Scott said he visits the farm at least once a week.
"I was startled when I saw the damage that was done here," he said.
Firefighters had trouble with the water pressure early on in the firefighting process because they were higher up than the water tower, which made it difficult to bring in the water at a high pressure.
No one was hurt. As far they know, the owners said all of the animals are accounted for.
The fire is particularly difficult for the Bahais at this time of year because of the high demand for apples and apple pies during the Thanksgiving season.
The family is hoping to rebuild.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.