Toxic goat cheese fire engulfs Norwegian road for five days

Michael Bastasch | Contributor

A truckload of 54,000 pounds of caramelized brown goat cheese caught fire last week while being driven through a tunnel in northern Norway, reports the BBC.

The fire lasted for five days and toxic gases slowed the recovery operation by Norwegian officials. The fire was finally put out on Monday.

“I didn’t know that brown cheese burns so well,” said Kjell Bjoern Vinje, of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, adding that in his fifteen years in the roads administration he had never seen cheese has catch fire on Norwegian roads.

The goat cheese delicacy called Brunost is high in fat and sugar — and highly flammable.

“This high concentration of fat and sugar is almost like petrol if it gets hot enough,” said Norwegian policeman Viggo Berg.

The truck driver noticed his trailer was on fire and abandoned it about 1,000 feet from the tunnel’s southern entrance. The tunnel was badly damaged and is likely to be closed down for several weeks, according to Norwegian officials.

Reuters reports that no one was hurt in the fire and only one other vehicle was in the area at the time of the fire.

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