Arson Suspected in Fort Worth Fatal Fire

Men killed were uncle, nephew

By Ben Russell
|  Monday, Feb 6, 2012  |  Updated 10:55 AM CDT
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Arson Suspected in Fort Worth Fatal Fire

The fire at the home on the 4500 block of Moorview Avenue killed two people.

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Fort Worth homicide detectives say a fire that killed two men Saturday night was intentionally set.

While the fire has been pegged as arson, police will not comment on any possible connection between that fire and another set at a different home that same night on the same block.

Fire ripped through a home in the 4500 block of Moorview Avenue in south east Fort Worth, killing two people identified by neighbors as Bobby Hubbard, 90, and his nephew, Thomas Wheat, Jr., who was confined to a wheelchair.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office has not yet confirmed those identities.

Shortly before investigators believe that fire was set, someone set a fire at a home in the same block. That fire caused minimal damage to an exterior wall of that house.

The owner of the first home told NBC 5 she has power of attorney, medical power of attorney and is the executrix of Hubbard's estate - meaning he had placed her in charge of his affairs should something happen to him.

"Whoever set that fire was after Mr. Hubbard's assets," said neighbor Randy Ransom.  "He was doing what he wanted to do with them.  And I think some people weren't happy.  They think they should have gotten them and he wasn't letting them have them."

The only comment Fort Worth police will make concerning their investigation is that they do not believe a serial arsonist is on the loose.

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