SAWYER COUNTY -- One person was found deceased after authorities in Sawyer County responded to a call of a person and a vehicle being on fire, according to the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office.

According to Sawyer County Sheriff Doug Mrotek, on September 23, 2022, at 10:34p, the Sawyer County Dispatch Center received a 911 call of a person and a vehicle on fire on River Road in the Town of Hunter. Sawyer County Deputies assisted by Sawyer County EMS and the Round Lake Fire Department responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, deputies observed a vehicle in the roadway totally engulfed in flames. Lying in the roadway next to the vehicle, was the motionless body of a subject that was also on fire. Due to the extreme heat emergency responders were not able to safely approach the victim. The fire was extinguished and the victim was found to be deceased, according to authorities.

Sheriff Mrotek says that further investigation indicated that the driver of the 2018 Cadillac sedan was traveling north on River Road when it appeared to enter the ditch, strike a mailbox and come back on to the roadway. The vehicle continued a short distance down the road where it was found fully engulfed in flames.

The name of the victim is not being released pending notification of the next of kin, according to Sheriff Mrotek.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, the Sawyer County Coroner’s Office and the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations Fire Marshalls Office.

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Last Update: Sep 26, 2022 2:30 pm CDT

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