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20,000 pounds of cheese burn in truck fire

The truck was packed with Kraft and Velveeta cheese. With some of it still in its bag, people wondered if they could bring it home. (Source: WTMJ/CNN) The truck was packed with Kraft and Velveeta cheese. With some of it still in its bag, people wondered if they could bring it home. (Source: WTMJ/CNN)

WEST ALLIS, WI (WTMJ/CNN) - A tractor-trailer and its haul of 10 tons of cheese went up in smoke Tuesday.

Police said the semi's brakes caught fire while the driver was on the highway. He pulled into a store parking lot and tried to put it out himself, before the fire department arrived.

"It's a very difficult fire once the cheese gets going," said Asst. Chief Kurt Zellmann, West Allis Fire Department. "We also had a diesel fuel tank on the refrigerated trailer rupture, so the combination of cheese and diesel fuel made for a pretty hot fire."

Firefighters said the driver was OK. He disconnected his cab from the trailer, so he was able to drive away.

The truck was packed with Kraft and Velveeta cheese. With some of it still in its bag, people wondered if they could bring it home.

"I'm a little upset I didn't get here earlier," said Amber Matthews, a witness. "I think I might want to rummage through it. We'll be eating good tonight if I can get some cheese."

Zellmann said there was no cheese savable in the trailer.

A cleanup crew was called in and threw everything out, much to the disappointment of the crowd. 

"This really breaks my heart to see the cheese all melted up," said witness Jim Wendt.

The cheese was believed to have been heading out of state.

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