Cause of death revealed in deadly Delafield fire

CREATED Aug. 13, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug. 13, 2013

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  • Investigators are looking at clues in the fire and whether it was intentionally set. Video by wtmj.com

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DELAFIELD - There is a mystery surrounding the death of the Milwaukee make-up artist who died in a fire last week.

The latest information from the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office shows that Sarah Brucker's cause of death was soot and smoke inhalation. The manner of death is pending further investigation.

Investigators are still trying to figure out how the fire started, but they have questions about how Sarah Brucker's body was found and why. Brucker didn't make it out of her apartment, even though she was so close to an escape route.

A search warrant details the last minutes of the 36-year-old's life:

She had dinner with her boyfriend, then went home while he spent time with his children at his parent's house.

Brucker and her boyfriend talked on the phone at 8:20 p.m.. She called him back 8:24 p.m. and at 8:33 p.m., but he did not answer.

She also sent him a text message at 8:27 p.m. saying, "Hurry. Please hurry up."

A neighbor called in the fire to 911 at 8:57 p.m.

Investigators also have concerns about where Brucker was found.

In the search warrant, investigators explain she could have gotten out, and that there was an egress nearby. That could mean a door or a window.

The medical examiner's report could explain more about how Brucker died, and is expected to be released later Tuesday. Investigators are also still working to figure out if the fire was intentionally set.

A tribute to Sarah Brucker will take place during Milwaukee Fashion Week. For more information, call Luci Boutique at 414-226-0114.