Big cheese fire blocks tunnel

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A LORRY-LOAD of burning cheese has closed a road tunnel in Arctic Norway for six days.

The vehicle carrying 27 tonnes of blazing brunost (brown cheese) blocked a two-mile tunnel near the northern port of Narvik when it caught fire last Thursday. The blaze was finally extinguished ­yesterday.

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

“I didn’t know that brown cheese burns so well,” added Kjell Bjoern Vinje at the public roads administration.

The tunnel will be closed for repairs for at least a week.