There have been scenes of "burning toilet paper" after a truck burst into flames on Brisbane's Gateway Motorway overnight.

The incident happened about 10pm in Murarrie on the southern side of the bridge.

A Queensland Police spokeswoman told news.com.au the B-double truck was carrying toilet paper, blue heavy duty wipes and wood when a "mechanical failure" occurred.

It was carrying toilet paper, wipes and wood. Photo / Seven News
It was carrying toilet paper, wipes and wood. Photo / Seven News
The burning truck. Photo / Seven News
The burning truck. Photo / Seven News

Emergency services were met with "burning toilet paper", she said.

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The driver of the truck was uninjured and the scene was cleared by 2am.

"There was quite an interesting fuel load on this particular vehicle," Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Justin Francis told ABC News.

"Toilet paper is quite precious at the moment so we've been able to save half the load on this particular truck."

He said half of the vehicle was "well involved" in fire but multiple crews wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the flames.

The truck went up in flames on the Gateway Motorway overnight. Photo / Nine News
The truck went up in flames on the Gateway Motorway overnight. Photo / Nine News
Justin Francis from QFES said they were able to save half the load. Photo / ABC News
Justin Francis from QFES said they were able to save half the load. Photo / ABC News

Shopping centres around the country were thrown into chaos yesterday as people panic bought rolls of toilet paper and wiped the shelves clean as the number of Australian coronavirus cases climbed.

Woolworths restricted sales to four packs per person, however in a late-night update, Kleenex manufacturer Kimberly-Clark said staff were "working around the clock" at their South Australian mill to replenish shelves.

"As you can see we won't be running out anytime soon," the company said on Facebook alongside a photo of its well-stocked warehouse.