Do you remember the fire that tore through Ipswich Buttermarket in Suffolk in 1992?

Shoppers and residents look on at the smouldering ruins of the Ipswich town centre building from beh

Shoppers and residents look on at the smouldering ruins of the Ipswich town centre building from behind safety barriers - Credit: Archant

It was a fire that changed the face of Buttermarket in the early 1990s, leaving a gaping hole in a Suffolk town centre.

Safety officers inspecting the damage to the structure of one of the Buttermarket buildings

Safety officers inspecting the damage to the structure of one of the Buttermarket buildings - Credit: Archant

It was August 1992 when the disaster struck, with an electrical fire starting in Hughes.

Shoppers and residents look on at the smouldering ruins of the Ipswich town centre building from beh

Shoppers and residents look on at the smouldering ruins of the Ipswich town centre building from behind safety barriers - Credit: Archant

It wasn’t long before the blaze had spread along the street, engulfing Aldertons shoe shop and The Bookstall Shop.

Many of the buildings were left as structural skeletons following the fire that ripped through the h

Many of the buildings were left as structural skeletons following the fire that ripped through the heart of Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Crews from across the county battled with the fire for several hours before bringing the flames under control.

Safety officers inspecting the damage to the structure of one of the Buttermarket buildings

Safety officers inspecting the damage to the structure of one of the Buttermarket buildings - Credit: Archant

They managed to save Ancient House, a Grade 1 listed building, parts of which date from the 15th century, which is now home to Lakeland. However, a number of the neighbouring buildings suffered severe damage, leaving them almost unrecognisable.

Safety officers inspecting the damage to the structure of one of the Buttermarket buildings

Safety officers inspecting the damage to the structure of one of the Buttermarket buildings - Credit: Archant

The fire came just months before the Buttermarket Shopping Centre opened.Do you remember how the events unfolded that day? Were you visiting the town centre at the time? Send us yout accounts and photographs, via email

Safety officers inspecting the damage to the structure of one of the Buttermarket buildings

Safety officers inspecting the damage to the structure of one of the Buttermarket buildings - Credit: Archant

Safety officers inspecting the damage to the structure of one of the Buttermarket buildings

Safety officers inspecting the damage to the structure of one of the Buttermarket buildings - Credit: Archant

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Safety officers inspecting the damage to the structure of one of the Buttermarket buildings

Safety officers inspecting the damage to the structure of one of the Buttermarket buildings - Credit: Archant

The fire that destroyed Hughes, Aldertons shoe shop and a bookshop in The Buttermarket, Ipswich

The fire that destroyed Hughes, Aldertons shoe shop and a bookshop in The Buttermarket, Ipswich

The blaze was a few buildings from the Ancient House, a grade one listed building, parts of which da

The blaze was a few buildings from the Ancient House, a grade one listed building, parts of which dated from the fifteenth century