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#ToiletPaperGate Continues As Truck Carrying Bog Rolls Bursts Into Flames

A truck loaded with rolls of toilet paper has burst into flames on a Brisbane highway, as shops struggle to keep up with high demand brought on by coronavirus panic.

Local fire fighters said the truck became alight on a Brisbane highway at about 10pm on Wednesday.

Queensland Police told 10 daily the fire started due to a mechanical fault and the driver had managed to flee to safety.

They warned drivers of lengthy delays after all northbound lanes were closed on the Gateway Motorway at Murarrie as a result of the incident.

Incredible CCTV footage captured the moment the truck started smoking before it burst into flames, while photos taken on the ground after the fire was extinguished showed the extent of the wreckage.

A truck loaded with toilet paper burst into flames on a Brisbane highway Wednesday night. Image: 10 News First
The fire started due to a mechanical fault and the driver managed to flee to safety. Image: 10 News First

Justin Francis, Station Officer at Cannon Hill Fire Station, said the crew made a special effort to save half of the toilet paper on board.

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"There was quite an interesting fuel load on this particular vehicle, as I believe toilet paper's quite precious at the moment," he said.

"So we've been able to save half the load on this particular truck," he said.

Rolls spilled across the highway after the blaze . Image: 10 News First
Fire crews managed to save half of the rolls. Image: 10 News First.

It comes after Aussies were seen stockpiling toilet paper and hand sanitiser, forcing Woolworths and Coles to impose a four-packs-per-customer limit.

Contact Eden at egillespie@networkten.com.au