Investigators are searching for a cause of a semi-truck fire on Sunday morning in which the driver was found dead.

The Portage Fire Department received a call about 6:15 a.m. Sunday reporting a fire in the parking lot of the Petro Travel Plaza at the Interstate 39/90 interchange.

When the five-man crew arrived just before 6:30, the firefighters found a 53-foot semi-truck with its engine and cab fully engulfed in flames.

Wisconsin State Patrol was first on the scene, joined by the Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies, who searched for the driver as fire was being put out.

After the fire was out, Portage firefighters found the driver, a 57-year-old Idaho man, dead in truck’s sleeper compartment. After conferring with the medical examiner, the body was taken from the truck.

At 9:30 a.m. firefighters cleared the scene.

The name of the driver has not been released, pending notification of family.

The incident is under investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia County Medical Examiner and Portage Fire Department.

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