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Flaming cheese shuts down road tunnel in northern Norway

A road tunnel in northern Norway will be shut for several weeks after a 24.5-tonne truckload of sweet goat's milk cheese caught fire.

Fire blazed for four days, as gases hindered firefighters

Goat's milk cheese, a sweet delicacy with a high sugar and fat content, is an essential part of many Norwegians' daily diet. A 24.5-tonne truckload of a brown variety of this cheese caught fire in Norway last week, engulfing a tunnel in flames. (Larry Crowe/Associated Press)

A road tunnel in northern Norway will be shut for several weeks after a 24.5-tonne 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.