After learning that the duplex at 113 South Second Street caught on fire and someone died, prosecutors said people quickly told police that it was likely no accident and 62-year-old Aaron Dishong probably set it on fire.
"The apparent motive for the setting of the fire was that Mr. Dishong believed that an ex-paramour of his was in the residence at the time and he sought to set the fire in an attempt to end her life," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Wade Kagarise.
It turns out, she wasn't there. Kagarise said Dishong had people drive him by the home twice this week. At least one of those people came forward to police with that information then police quickly contacted fire officials.
"Initially no one was aware of the situation. Everyone thought it was a horrific accident," said District Attorney Rich Consiglio.
Kagarise said police recorded phone conversations between confidential informants and Dishong and he incriminated himself in them. All of these developments came together in just hours.
"None of this would have happened without cooperation and selfless efforts by each agency," Det. Sgt. Ben Jones of the Altoona Police Department said.
Dishong was soon arrested. Kagarise said there were several inconsistencies in the stories Dishong told police. Kagarise also said the woman had a PFA against Dishong.