A truckload of flaming cheese has shut down a road tunnel in Arctic Norway for the last six days.
Some 27 tonnes of brown cheese (brunost), a Norwegian delicacy, engulfed the three-km (1.9 mile) tunnel near the northern coastal town of Narvik when it caught fire last Thursday. The fire was finally put out on Monday.
“This high concentration of fat and sugar is almost like petrol if it gets hot enough,” policeman Viggo Berg said.
Brown cheese is made from whey, contains up to 30 percent fat and has a caramel taste.
“I didn’t know that brown cheese burns so well,” said Kjell Bjoern Vinje at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.
He added that in his 15 years in the administration, this was the first time cheese had caught fire on Norwegian roads.
Regional traffic department chief Geir Joergensen said gases from the melting, brown load hindered firefighters. The driver was not hurt…
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