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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A fire broke out around 6 a.m. Thursday morning, totally destroying a Forsyth County woodworking shop.

It happened on Fraternity Church Road outside Winston-Salem. The owner, John Farmer, said he came outside to small fire on the south side of the shop and tried to put it out with buckets of water. However, the dried wood being stored in the building, coupled with chemicals used to treat the wood, caused the fire to spread too quickly.

“It was just a lot of fuel for that fire to consume and in a matter of 45 minutes, the entire building went up,” Farmer said.

Farmer lives just a few hundred feet from where the building stood. He and his father built the building about 30 years ago, he said. It was being used to house his business which specialized in reconstructing and hand-crafting pipe organs. He had just moved a $500 thousand organ to Saint Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem.

“The building is a complete loss,” said Farmer. “All of our tools, all of our equipment.”

No one was in the shop when the fire started.

“As of yet, I have no clue how that fire started,” said Farmer.

The office of the Forsyth County Fire Marshal is still working to determine the cause of the fire.

In all, the damages are estimated at about $400 thousand.

Farmer says he plans to rebuild on the same site.