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"I guess she had that coming. People like that cause accidents, they're a menace."
— Joe Carter
Season 1, Episode 15
Image City Of Fire
Air date 6 January 1966
Written by Alan Fennell
Directed by David Elliott
Episode Guide
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"City Of Fire" is the fifteenth episode of Thunderbirds season 1, first broadcast on 6th January 1966. It was the third episode to be produced.


Thompson Tower – an entire city contained in one enormous skyscraper – is opening for business when a car crash sends the whole tower up in flames. A family is trapped in the basement as the building collapses, but the only way International Rescue can reach them is to use an unreliable new cutting gas developed by Brains.

Episode GuideEdit

Main article: City Of Fire/Episode Guide


Main article: City Of Fire/Transcript

Regular Voice CastEdit

Guest Voice CastEdit

Guest Cameo AppearancesEdit

International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit

Non-International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit


  • This was the first episode to be aired in 1966.
  • Due to the show being first broadcast in production order in Australia, this was the third episode instead of The Perils Of Penelope. This same pattern was also used when the show was rerun on BBC2.
  • The Control Tower from London International Airport makes two sneaky cameos in this episode.
  • Music from Fireball XL5 can be heard when Joe and Blanche find Tommy in the air-conditioning plant, and after the Tower Controller tells his assistant to alert the Fire Tenders and seal the vent cover.


Main article: City Of Fire/Goofs

Alternate VersionsEdit

Thunderbirds The ComicEdit

In 1992, several episodes of Thunderbirds were adapted into comic book format for Fleetway's Thunderbirds The Comic series, with City Of Fire the fifth story. Written by Alan Fennell and illustrated by Steve Kyte, the 12 page adaptation began in issue #15 and was spread over 3 issues, emulating the presentation of the 1960's TV Century 21 stories.

Foreign TitlesEdit

  • French: Au feu!
  • German: Stadt in Flammen
  • Spanish: Ciudad en Llamas; La ciudad de fuego (DVD)
  • Italian: Un tragico incidente
  • Dutch: Stad in vlammen (TV 1966); Stad van vuur (TV 1991); Vuurstad (VHS, DVD)
  • Japanese: 世界一のビルの大火災

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