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Blazing Goat Cheese Shuts Down Highway Tunnel

Tunnel Closed For Six Days

A TRANSPORT TRUCK IN NORWAY was carrying 27 tons of a specialty goat cheese last week when the truck driver noticed some smoke coming from his cargo.  He was passing through a tunnel at the time, but the toxic smoke got so bad that he had to pull over, bail out and run for it.

The BBC News reported:

The caramelised brown goat cheese – a delicacy known as Brunost – caught light as it was being driven through the Brattli Tunnel at Tysfjord, northern Norway, last week.

The petroleum-like fire kept firefighters busy for five days  (NRK)

The fire raged for five days and smouldering toxic gases were slowing the recovery operation, officials said. The tunnel – which is said to be badly damaged – is likely to remain closed for several weeks, they added.

"We can't go in until it's safe," geologist Viggo Aronsen told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

Police officer Viggo Berg said the high concentration of fat and sugar in the cheese made it burn "almost like petrol if it gets hot enough".

Kjell Bjoern Vinje, of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, said it was the first time he could remember cheese catching fire on Norwegian roads. "I didn't know that brown cheese burns so well," he said.

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