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

PUBLISHED: 10:49 16 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:54 16 February 2017

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

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

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

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

Steam rises through the rubble as firecrews battle to put out the smoking embers following the Buttermarket fire of 1992Steam rises through the rubble as firecrews battle to put out the smoking embers following the Buttermarket fire of 1992

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 heart of IpswichMany of the buildings were left as structural skeletons following the fire that ripped through the heart of Ipswich

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

Fire officers inspect the damage the day after the fire.Fire officers inspect the damage the day after the fire.

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.

A builder inspecting the structural damage from the bucket of a diggerA builder inspecting the structural damage from the bucket of a digger

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

Tractors and diggers clear out the rubble and broken timber from the wreckageTractors and diggers clear out the rubble and broken timber from the wreckage

Fire crews work to extinguish remaining embers from aboveFire crews work to extinguish remaining embers from above

For more nostalgic photographs showing the history of the town, including from our archives and those shared by the public, search for our Ipswich Remembers Facebook page.


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