Husband Arrested, Accused of Setting Deadly House Fire

By Frank Heinz
|  Monday, Dec 21, 2009  |  Updated 4:24 PM CDT
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Father, Daughters Killed in Kennedale House Fire

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Father, Daughters Killed in Kennedale House Fire

Three people were killed Friday in an early morning house fire in Kennedale.
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Johnny Hummel was arrested in California Monday in connection with a house fire that killed three people last week.

Investigators issued an arrest warrant for Hummel, who lived in the house with the victims, based on evidence gathered over the weekend that indicated some type of accelerant was used in the fatal fire.

The home on the 600 block of Little School Road was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived about 20 minutes after midnight Friday.  Firefighters from Mansfield, Kennedale and Forest Hill assisted in attacking the fire, which was listed as under control just after 1 a.m.

After the fire was out, the bodies of Eddie Bedford, Hummel's pregnant daughter Joy and her 5-year-old daughter, Jodi, were found by firefighters.

Hummel lived in the house and talked to investigators after the fire, but disappeared after talking to them. Family members filed a missing persons report worried for Hummel's safety.  Investigators said he had been to Mexico before he was arrested in California.

Investigators in Kennedale are working with the District Attorney trying to get Hummel returned to North Texas, but it is not clear when that may take place.

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