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20 years on from the Begents Launceston fire: the moment that redefined the business

Tags: community North business


On the 8th of December 1997, over 1000 people watched on in horror as Begents Launceston burnt to the ground.

The spectacular flames caused $2.5million worth of damage to the 70 year old building, and was believed to have been started by an electrical fault in a lift chair.

CEO of Begents, Debra Hills, remembers the fire from 20 years ago vivdly, and describes how the fire smoke could be seen from Wellington Street down to the West Tamar.

Debra speaks with Brian Carlton about the 20 year anniversary of the fire, and how the community rallied behind the local business.

Video: Win News

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