A fire that damaged a fire department and municipal building in Rogersville, N.B. late Saturday morning is being investigated as an arson.

RCMP said in a release that the fire appears to have being deliberately set at the newly built Rogersville Municipal Building after the previous building was destroyed by fire last year.

They said the fire originated outside, on the roof, but would not specify on the possible cause.


The 2012 fire was a big loss with the department losing three of its newest fire trucks, valued at about $1 million. (RCMP)

Firefighters were called to the building around 11:13 a.m. Saturday with reports that smoke was seen at the top of the building.

The Rogersville Fire Department had not yet moved into the building and responded from their temporary location.

They were able to put out the fire but not before it caused damage to the roof and attic area as well as the community room.

Rogersville RCMP with assistance of the RCMP Major Crimes Unit, the RCMP Forensic Identification Section, and the provincial fire marshal are investigating the suspicious fire.

They’re asking anyone with information about the fire to get into contact with authorities.