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Toxicology report says Sarah Brucker’s BAC .277 at time of fire

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Sarah Brucker (Photo Courtesy Front Room Photography)

DELAFIELD (WITI) — New details have been released in an August fire that left popular Milwaukee makeup artist and business owner Sarah Brucker dead.

The final Medical Examiner’s report in the case found the case of death to be soot and smoke inhalation.

Toxicology reports show Brucker’s BAC was .277 — more than three times the legal limit.

The fire occurred on August 7th. The cause of the fire remains undetermined.

Fire crews were called to Brucker’s home on Maple Ave. in Delafield just before 9 p.m., and over a dozen fire departments responded.

A search warrant in the case indicates a 911 call was made just before 9:00 p.m. by a neighbor, who reported the three-unit building was engulfed in flames. It took 14 fire crews several hours to extinguish the blaze, and the building suffered extensive damage, according to the search warrant.

Brucker’s body was discovered in the upper level unit, and was severely burned, according to the search warrant.

The search warrant indicates officials spoke with Brucker’s boyfriend, who said the two had dined together Wednesday evening, before separating for the night. Brucker’s boyfriend said she was the only one who lived in the building’s upper unit, but said he had recently moved in with Brucker.

Brucker’s boyfriend was visiting with his children at his parents’ residence on the night of the fire, according to the search warrant.

Brucker’s boyfriend told officials that the two spoke on the phone around 8:20 p.m.

Officials searched Brucker’s boyfriend’s cell phone, and observed several missed calls from Brucker between 8:24 p.m and 8:33 p.m., according to the search warrant. There was also an unanswered text message with the message: “Hurry. Please hurry up” — according to the search warrant.

The search warrant indicates Brucker’s body was discovered in the fetal position, with her back to the wall. The search warrant indicates there was a point of egress (an exit) near Brucker’s body, and in the search warrant, officials say it is unclear why Brucker would not have used the egress, “unless she was somehow incapacitated.”

Brucker has two young children, ages four and seven, who were with their father, Brucker’s estranged husband, on the night of the fire.

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