• Short Summary

    Bjarni Benediktsson, Iceland's Prime Minister since 1963 died with his wife and 4-year-old grandson when their summer house at Thingvellir National Park caught fire in a high wind and burned to the ground on Friday (10th July).

  • Description

    Bjarni Benediktsson, Iceland's Prime Minister since 1963 died with his wife and 4-year-old grandson when their summer house at Thingvellir National Park caught fire in a high wind and burned to the ground on Friday (10th July).

    The fire was first noticed by nearby campers who raised the alarm, but before help could arrive the house was well ablaze and fanned by a northerly storm.

    Mr. Benediktsson has been regarded as the strongest men of Icelandic politics during the past 30 years and had great influence on all political decisions. As post-war Foreign Minister he took Iceland into the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance, and only a few months ago persuaded Iceland to join the European Free Trade Association as its ninth member.

    Police probing through the ruins of the summer house have said they have no clue to the cause of the blaze. The house...35 miles (55 kilometres) east of Reykjavik the capital... was a favourite haunt of Mr. Benediktsson's where he relaxed from official duties.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8Q9E5F2CXPE94KH5LDTBNRAT2
    Media URN:
    VLVA8Q9E5F2CXPE94KH5LDTBNRAT2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/07/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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