The artist who painted a popular mural on the side of a Moose Jaw building that burned to the ground Wednesday night says he is relieved no one was injured in the blaze, noting the artwork can be replaced.

Brian Romagnoli won the commission for the artwork in 1991. It took him three weeks to paint the piece, entitled River Street Red.

On Friday, Romagnoli said he was extremely proud of how well-received the work was in Moose Jaw.

"Moose Jaw adopted this mural as an image. I'm really grateful for that, I still pinch myself about that," he said.

Several businesses and a number of apartments were reduced to rubble in the fire, which started late Wednesday night and took several hours for firefighters to bring under control.

The remnants of the burned building were knocked down Thursday.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation.

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The building was not much more than a pile of rubble after demolition following the fire. (Dean Gutheil/CBC)