The Porter man
found deceased on Friday following a fire in his apartment died of
asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation.
An autopsy was
performed on Bobby Lee Yaus, 28, on Monday, Porter County Coroner Chuck
Harris told the Chesterton Tribune today.
The results of a
routine toxicology screen are pending, Harris added.
Yaus was discovered
on the floor of an upstairs bedroom on Friday afternoon, after his mother
and brother reported smoke in their apartment at 179 S. 20th St.
Porter Fire Chief
Jay Craig has preliminarily identified the cause of the fire as careless
smoking, although the State Fire Marshal’s Office has not yet completed its
investigation. The fire is believed to have originated in a first-floor
front room but extinguished itself prior to firefighters’ arrival.