Black, acrid smoke, flying debris, collapsing stairwells: the blazing inferno in the Berlin Television Tower forces Horst Strasser’s elite fire fighting troops to turn back.
Only the ex-fireman Tom makes it to the tower’s restaurant, which is encircled by flames. He grimly determines that little time remains for those trapped inside...
As far as Fire Chief Horst Strasser is concerned, it was purely the negligence of the young fireman Tom that led to the death of his son over a year ago – a critical view also shared by his colleagues. Since then, Tom has been driving a taxi.
When a massive fire breaks out in the rotating restaurant of the Berlin Television Tower, trapping over 80 people high above the city streets – including Katja, Tom’s ex-girlfriend and Horst Strasser’s daughter - Tom defies all the rules and charges in to the burning tower.
Together with the fire brigade he fights a losing battle against the advancing inferno.
After all the stairwells collapse, an evacuation of the tourists becomes impossible…
Just as it becomes equally apparent that the tower’s observation deck will soon no longer be able to withstand the intense heat.
The smoke-blackened and exhausted firemen desperately acknowledge there’s no way to save the tower… or the lives of the frantically terrified people within.
Then Tom comes up a dangerous last-ditch plan that might rescue them all – if they can somehow explode CO2 cylinders throughout the building, it’s possible that the spreading carbon dioxide could smother and extinguish the fire.
It’s Horst Strasser himself that volunteers for the perilous task of distributing the gas cylinders throughout the tower. Although he acknowledges Tom’s cleverness, Strasser still has a score to settle with the young ex-fireman…