After months of investigation, the Fire Marshal's Office has ruled the cause of the blaze that claimed the life of a city firefighter "undetermined."
In a release sent this afternoon, Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said that the ruling comes after conducting "over 40 interviews as well as thoroughly inevstigating the scene for seven days."
The blaze broke out early Dec. 9 in the basement of a house on Middleton Street near Andrews Avenue in West Oak Lane. Lt. Joyce Craig became trapped in the home while fighting the fire and ultimately perished.
Craig, 37, was the first female firefighter to die in the line of duty in city history. The 11-year veteran left behind a son and a daughter.
Sawyer said the department will reopen its investigation into the fire's cause if any new information becomes available.
Veteran firefighters have described the fire to the Daily News as "a perfect storm of things that went wrong," including: