Top tips to prevent fuel-card fraud

Depressing thought for fleet managers: Drivers pilfering from employers are responsible for 98% of fuel-card fraud. So says a report from Standard Bank - which says it has answers...

SA karters off to planet's top champs

Nine South African karters will head to Spain in late November 2014 for the most competitive Karting championship on the planet... with them well!

Cheese fire causes traffic meltdown

2013-01-23 09:26

GETTING WHEY TOO HOT: Norwegian firefighters (top) battled for five days to contain a blaze, fuelled by 27 tons of flaming brown cheese (brunost, bottom).

kalahari.com

  • Norway

    This title in the Discover Countries series looks at Norway. Now R276.00


    buy now

NARVIK, Norway - A truckload of burning cheese has closed a road tunnel in Norway for six days in January 2013.

Authorities report that 27 tons of flaming brown cheese (brunost), a Norwegian delicacy, blocked off a 3km  tunnel near the northern coastal town of Narvik when it caught fire on January 17.

The fire was finally put out on January 21 2013. The fire raged for five days and smouldering toxic gases were slowing the recovery operation, officials said.

'IT'S ALMOST LIKE PETROL'

Policeman Viggo Berg said: "This high concentration of fat and sugar is almost like petrol if it gets hot enough."

Brown cheese is made from whey, contains up to 30% fat and has a caramel taste.

Kjell Bjoern Vinje, who works for the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, said: "I didn't know that brown cheese burns so well."

He added that in his 15 years in the administration, this was the first time cheese had caught fire on Norwegian roads.

Berg said that no one was injured in the fire, only one other vehicle was in the area at the time and that the accident had luckily happened close to one of the tunnel's exits.

The tunnel, which is said to be badly damaged, is likely to remain closed for several weeks.

NEXT ON WHEELS24X
Read more on:    norway  |  cheese  |  burn  |  traffic

Read Wheels24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside Wheels24

Infiniti Q50 turbo joins growing SA range

Four months have slipped by since the Infiniti Q50 supersedan was launched in KZN for South African buyers. What might be called the baby of the family has now arrived: the Q50 2.0 turbopetrol.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.