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Days Gone By - Power station inferno and warehouse blaze kept fire heroes busy at Cliff Quay Power Station

PUBLISHED: 18:18 14 June 2016 | UPDATED: 08:12 15 June 2016

Thick black smoke billowed from Cliff Quay Power Station

Thick black smoke billowed from Cliff Quay Power Station

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Autumn 1982 saw the fire brigade dealing with two huge industrial fires within a few weeks and only around a mile apart, writes David Kindred.

Fire fighters in Cliff Road (Photo by Richard Snasdell/Archant).Fire fighters in Cliff Road (Photo by Richard Snasdell/Archant).

On September 2, the Cliff Quay Power Station was badly damaged by fire and on October 14, Cory Brothers warehouse, in Cliff Road, was destroyed in a blaze that saw huge clouds of smoke, from stored chemicals, drift across the Rivers housing estate - as seen in the first photo.

In this week’s Days Gone By I feature photographs taken by EADT and Star photographers who went to the incidents - the photo above shows thick black smoke billowing from Cliff Quay Power Station during the dramatic fire of September 1982. This photograph was taken from near Bourne Bridge.

Philip Budinger tells EADT/Star reporter Paul Durrant about his rescue. (Photo by Paul Nixon/Archant)Philip Budinger tells EADT/Star reporter Paul Durrant about his rescue. (Photo by Paul Nixon/Archant)

This image shows Cliff Quay power station worker, Philip Budinger, his face blackened by smoke.

He just manages a smile as he tells EADT/Star reporter Paul Durrant about his rescue.

The tiny figure of Cliff Quay Power Station worker, Philip Budinger, trapped on the roof by the 1982 fireThe tiny figure of Cliff Quay Power Station worker, Philip Budinger, trapped on the roof by the 1982 fire

The tiny figure of Mr Budinger, trapped on the roof by the 1982 fire, is shown in our next image.

He is silhouetted by white smoke as firefighters make their way by ladder to rescue him.

Power station employees as they evacuate the building during the 1982 fire. (Photo by Paul Nixon/Archant).
Power station employees as they evacuate the building during the 1982 fire. (Photo by Paul Nixon/Archant).

Power station employees are seen leaving the building during the 1982 fire in this photo taken by photographer Paul Nixon.

Were you one of those evacuated from the building?

Huge clouds of toxic smoke drifting towards the Rivers housing estate and Cliff Lane School (Photo by Richard Snasdell/Archant).Huge clouds of toxic smoke drifting towards the Rivers housing estate and Cliff Lane School (Photo by Richard Snasdell/Archant).

Our next photo shows huge clouds of toxic smoke drifting towards the Rivers housing estate and Cliff Lane School, during the 1982 fire at Cory Brothers warehouse at the corner of Cliff Road and Toller Road, Ipswich.

Do you remember this blaze? Nearby Cliff Lane School was evacuated as thick smoke engulfed the building. One Cory Brothers employee and four children were taken to hospital, but not detained.

Power station employees as they evacuate the building during the 1982 fire. (Photo by Paul Nixon/Archant).
Power station employees as they evacuate the building during the 1982 fire. (Photo by Paul Nixon/Archant).

These next photos show how Cliff Lane School, was hurriedly evacuated during the Cory Brothers fire.

Were you one of the pupils? Do you remember being evacuated?

Pupils at Cliff Lane School, Ipswich, were hurriedly evacuated (Photo by John Loughton/Archant).Pupils at Cliff Lane School, Ipswich, were hurriedly evacuated (Photo by John Loughton/Archant).

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