People in the tiny community of St. Georges are stunned after learning the fire that destroyed most of their museum last weekend was arson.

RCMP confirmed Friday the fire was intentionally set, but are not releasing any further details as their investigation continues. 

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This photo from St. Georges museum's website shows part of its collection that documented the community's French roots. (St. Georges website)

Mike Boulet, president of St. George's historical society, said it's a blow, when the tight-knit community is still trying to catalogue what has been lost.

"For somebody to go and do something that devastating to a community, it hurts," he said Saturday. "The feeling is pretty much the same across the board. Everyone tells me the same thing, 'I can't believe somebody would go light that place on fire.'"

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Most of the museum and many locally donated items were destroyed in a fire police have now confirmed was arson. (Louis-Philippe Leblanc/CBC)

Many of the artifacts in the museum had been donated by local people and documented the area's French roots.

Boulet said residents are heartbroken their history is gone due to arson.

"It's a small community and everybody knows the kind of work that went into it," he said. "And now, I mean, we still have a lot of it, but we still have lots of damage," Boulet said.