WHITE HALL (KATV) — Two people who died in a house fire in White Hall have now been identified.
Authorities say a mother and son died in a house fire at 903 West Holland Avenue. Family members identified the two victims as Tony Carruth, 57, and his mother Billie Carruth, 83.
Tony Carruth's girlfriend of 12 years, Brenda Murphy, tells KATV he was well-known throughout the community since he owned a local bike shop located next to the home. Around Christmas time, he made sure children in need didn't go without.
"He started so many groups you know to get out there and bicycle ride, and people...wanting to lose weight and really couldn't afford the bike they needed, Tony would always make it so they could get one...at Christmas time some of the kids that didn't have bikes, he would make sure everybody got a bike," said Murphy.
"Tony had a great love for people, Tony had a heart of gold...everyone loved him."
One of the victims was found in the front part of the house and the other was found in the back part of the house.
The cause of the fire is unknown, however, White Hall Fire has asked State Fire Marshals for assistance in this investigation.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.