‘Person of interest’ in Pa. arson dead from burns

    A man police considered a “person of interest” in a home fire ruled arson has been found dead with severe burns.

    Scranton police were hoping to interview 57-year-old Aurelio Ceballos DeLeon in connection with Saturday’s fire.

    His car had been impounded after it was found in front a home destroyed in a fire that was ruled an arson and fueled by a natural gas line.

    Witnesses told police they saw someone leaving the scene and police had been searching for DeLeon.

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    Lackawanna County Coroner Tim Rowland says an autopsy Tuesday showed DeLeon died of severe burns he had when his body was found in an apartment complex about 8 p.m. Sunday.

    Police and the coroner were working to determine whether DeLeon was burned by the house fire.

    Nobody was home or hurt when the fire was set.

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