"I guess she had that coming. People like that cause accidents, they're a menace."
— Joe Carter

"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.


Main article: City Of Fire/Storyline


Main article: City Of Fire/Transcript


Regular CharactersEdit


Eddie Kerr and Cameraman

Guest CharacterEdit


Woman driver and husband

Cameo RolesEdit

International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit

22 bike

Scott on his Hoverbike

Non-International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit



The Thompson Tower


  • 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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