WORCESTER, MA (WGGB/WSHM/AP) -- Authorities have released new details into the death of a Worcester firefighter back in December.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said that the office of the chief medical examiner has ruled that Worcester Firefighter Christopher Roy died of smoke inhalation and that the manner of death was a homicide.

Roy was a single father who is survived by his 9-year-old daughter. He died Dec. 9 after he became trapped on the second floor of the six-unit building. He was rescued by fellow firefighters and died at the hospital.

On Friday morning, a grand jury handed up an indictment against 21-year-old Momoh Kamara of West Boylston on charges including second-degree murder, arson of a dwelling, armed burglary, and malicious destruction of a motor vehicle. He was arrested this morning.

"The fire investigation determined that the fire was set in the basement of 5-7 Lowell Street. The criminal investigation led us to Mr. Kamara, a former resident of the building," Early explained.

Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie thanked investigators for their hard work over the last three months.

"While we are heartened that Mr. Kamara will face justice, we are still devestated from the loss of our brother, Firefighter Christopher Roy. The past three months have been extremely difficult as we continue to process this loss," Lavoie explained.

The focus remains to be the well being of Roy's daughter, Ava. Lavoie said that she and the rest of the roy family continue to be in their prayers.

Kamara was arraigned Friday afternoon and was ordered held without bail. Another court hearing is scheduled for April 24.

Western Mass News will continue to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.

Copyright 2019 Western Mass News (Meredith Corporation).  Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.  All rights reserved.

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