The investigation of a May 19 fire that destroyed two landmark buildings in old downtown Reynoldsburg on East Main Street has been confirmed as arson.

The investigation of a May 19 fire that destroyed two landmark buildings in old downtown Reynoldsburg on East Main Street has been confirmed as arson.

A 17-year-old boy has confessed to the crime, police Detective Jeff Gammell said.

Gammell told ThisWeek charges were expected to be filed this week.

Gammell said the boy is a Reynoldsburg resident but currently is not in the Reynoldsburg school system.

Police Sgt. David Bauchmoyer said the boy will be charged with arson in Franklin County Juvenile Court.

Bauchmoyer said if juvenile court maintains jurisdiction over the arson charges, it could maintain jurisdiction over the boy until he turns 21.

"They could decide to bind him over and try him as an adult, which is a possibility, but that will be up to the prosecutors," Bauchmoyer said.

He said if the boy is tried as a juvenile, he might be eligible for rehabilitation.

The boy was in the custody of his parents pending charges being filed, police said.

Gammell and Truro Township police Lts. Chase Bryan and Mike Shirey have been working on the investigation since the day of the fire. According to reports, official lab results couldn't show exactly how the fire was started.

Bryan said the fire was started on the second floor of the building at 7336 E. Main St. It spread to the building next door, also destroying its roof.

The two buildings were destroyed and will be completely torn down, city building officer Chet Hopper said.

Despite inconclusive lab results, Bryan said, he and Shirey determined it to be arson through their own investigation and their observation of different burn patterns in the building.

Bryan said inconclusive lab results are not uncommon. The amount of water and fire suppressant needed to put out such a blaze could cause evidence to wash away, he said.