GREENPORT, N.Y. – The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has announced an arrest in connection to a fire that happened on Sunday.
Following an investigation into the fire at the 66 Food Mart in the Greenport Crossings Plaza, one person has been charged with arson.
Around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 66 Food Mart to assist the Greenport Fire Company with the blaze. It was then determined that the fire was intentionally set.
Authorities say the store clerk, who was the only person on-duty and in the store at the time of the fire, was arrested on Sunday evening.
Hari Bohara, 40, was taken into custody shortly following an interview with the Sheriff’s Office.
It is alleged that Bohara started the fire inside of the store before reporting the fire to Columbia County 911.
Bohara has been charged with Arson in the third degree, a Felony.
The Greenport man has been arraigned in the Greenport Town Court and remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5000 cash or $10,000 bail bond. A future court date is pending.
The Sheriff’s Office said that the investigation is continuing and further charges are possible.
The County Cause and Origin Team, Investigators from the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and Criminal Investigators from his Office, assisted in the investigation into the cause of the fire.
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