Vehicle fire on Highway 151 near Columbus closes all southbound lanes

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COLUMBUS, Wis. — A vehicle fire on Highway 151 near Columbus has closed all southbound lanes Tuesday evening.

Fire crews were called at 4:40 p.m. for a report of a semi tractor and refrigerator trailer on fire just south of Exit 115 on Highway 151. The vehicle was carrying groceries.

When firefighters arrived on scene, the semi cab and the first 10 feet of the semi’s trailer were fully engulfed in flames. Officials said that the intense heat from the flames burned roughly a quarter acre of grass.

Officials said the driver was uninjured in the fire.

The Columbus Fire Department responded with help from the Columbus Police Department, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department, the Columbia County Highway Department and the Wisconsin DNR.