Investigators with the Division of State Fire Marshal's Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and the Franklin Township Fire Department, last week announced that the Jan. 26 fire at Food Max grocery store has been ruled arson.

Investigators with the Division of State Fire Marshal's Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and the Franklin Township Fire Department, last week announced that the Jan. 26 fire at Food Max grocery store has been ruled arson.

Investigators are seeking assistance from the public and a reward for information has been offered.

The Food Max is on Frank Road in Columbus, just north of Grove City.

"All accidental causes have been eliminated and crucial evidence supporting the arson ruling has been recovered," according to a spokesman for the State Fire Marshal. "Because the fire has been determined to be a criminal act, specific details about the evidence will not be released at this time."

The two-alarm blaze at 1200 Frank Road destroyed the building. No injuries were reported.

The fire was first reported at around 9 p.m. Jan. 26

"Investigators have solid leads but believe the public may be able to provide additional details about this fire," State Fire Marshal Michael P. Bell was quoted as saying. "We know someone in the community has more information about this fire and we want to hear from them."

State Fire Marshal investigators posted Blue Ribbon Arson reward signs at the store last week. The Blue Ribbon Arson Committee is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the person or persons responsible for the fires.

Anyone with information is asked to call the State Fire Marshal's Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau at 1-800-589-2728 or the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at 462-6731.