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Old Jan 23rd 2013, 7:50 am
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Default Cheese Fire Closes Tunnel

Just need a few lorries full of toast now -

A road tunnel in Norway has been closed - by a lorry-load of burning cheese.

About 27 tonnes of 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 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".


The lorry driver had noticed the fire in his trailer and abandoned it about 300m (1,000ft) from the southern entrance. No-one was hurt.

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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21141244
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Old Jan 23rd 2013, 9:42 am
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That horrific Mont Blanc tunnel fire a few years ago in which dozens of people were killed was due a fire in a truck loaded with margarine.
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Old Jan 23rd 2013, 10:01 am
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27 tonnes is a lot of cheese ! I feel sorry for the goats who produced all that milk in vain !
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Originally Posted by scot47 View Post
27 tonnes is a lot of cheese ! I feel sorry for the goats who produced all that milk in vain !
Especially in a country prone to dairy product shortage.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwegian_butter_crisis
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No whey !!!
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What caused it to ignite in the first place?
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What caused it to ignite in the first place?
Terrorist firestarter mouse?
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Terrorist firestarter mouse?
Is there a a Jihadist rodent problem in Scandinavia?
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Terrorist firestarter mouse?
Totally illogical. Why would mice try to destroy something they depend on? That would be like terrorists causing carnage in their own country, indiscriminately killing their own countryfolk, preventing the organs of state from functioning and thereby causing hardship and distress to all, and bringing their own country to chaos. Oh, hang on...
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Totally illogical. Why would mice try to destroy something they depend on? That would be like terrorists causing carnage in their own country, indiscriminately killing their own countryfolk, preventing the organs of state from functioning and thereby causing hardship and distress to all, and bringing their own country to chaos. Oh, hang on...


But seriously, there is something ominous here: "I didn't know that brown cheese burns so well," he said
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But seriously, there is something ominous here: "I didn't know that brown cheese burns so well," he said
As in unlike yellow cheese, or maybe even white chedder?
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As in unlike yellow cheese, or maybe even white chedder?
I know Norwegians do love yellow cheese, and they also love burning stuff.
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