An office building erupts into a high rise fire.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Randolph Mantooth ...
Evelyn Davis (as Linda Gray)
Brendon Boone ...
Mr. Davis (as Brendan Boone)
Sue Adams
Doctor Neil Colby, M.D. / F.A.C.S.
Captain, Engine #16
Curtis Credel ...
Captain Mike Moore, Engine *110, LACoFD
Eric Washington ...
Paramedic Dave Roberts, Squad *110, LACoFD (as Erik Washington)
Linda Stuart ...
Dr. Jean Wilson (as Lyndel Stuart)
Ron Pinkard ...


A careless worker sparks an explosive fire in a high-rise building. Station 110 leads a full alarm response, assisted by Squad 51. A triage team from Rampart Hospital, led by Dr. Brackett, sets up in a nearby garage. Several workmen and two women - including the fiancée of a paramedic - remain trapped on the 16th floor. A Coast Guard helicopter assists in rooftop evacuation; Dixie and Dr. Early take charge of the many patients at Rampart. A paramedic is injured attempting a rescue, while Gage and DeSoto extricate themselves from a broken elevator. An explosion on the 21st floor injures a fire captain, necessitating a dangerous rescue down an elevator shaft. Written by Anonymous

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7 January 1978 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The building on fire is next to Westwood Cemetery off Glendon Avenue. You can see the sign in the episode. It is now Pierce Brothers Memorial Cemetery and has many celebrities buried there. Most notably is Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, Farrah Fawcett, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood and many more. See more »


The sounds of the sirens on some of the fire trucks do not match the sounds of the models of sirens actually mounted upon the fire trucks. See more »

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One of the Best "Emergency's" Ever
13 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Steel Inferno" is a made-for-TV movie - the first of 6, made after the Saturday night TV series "Emergency" ended it's original run in 1978.

This is a very well-made "movie", likely based, in part, on "The Towering Inferno".

However, Steel Inferno focuses more on the fire department's efforts to fight the fire & rescue victims...whereas "Towering Inferno" focuses much more on the personal dramas of the civilians.

Without giving away any key plot points, fans of the "Emergency" TV series may be disappointed not to see Engine 51 in the movie. However, we see plenty of Squad 51 (Roy & Johnny), as well as the Rampart Emergency staff (Dr. Brackett, Dixie McCall and Dr. Joe Early).

Steel Inferno contains lots of fire-fighting and rescue action that is very realistic (some of which looks like it may have been filmed during an actual fire).

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