Flaming cheese shuts northern Norway tunnel for weeks
A road tunnel in Norway will be closed for several weeks after a truck loaded with cheese caught fire in Norway.
Published Wednesday, January 23, 2013 6:56AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 23, 2013 7:34AM EST
OSLO, Norway -- A road tunnel in northern Norway will be shut for several weeks after a 27-ton truckload of sweet goat's milk cheese caught fire.
Regional traffic department chief Geir Joergensen says flames engulfed the tunnel last week and gases from the melting, brown load hindered firefighters. It took four days to put it out.
The driver was not hurt and no other vehicles were in the 3.6-kilometre tunnel at the time.
Joergensen said Wednesday that the tunnel near the small Arctic municipality of Tysfjord, some 1,350 kilometres north of the capital, Oslo, likely will be closed for two more weeks.
Goat's milk cheese, a sweet delicacy with a high sugar and fat content, is an essential part of many Norwegians' daily diet.