Retired firefighter dies Tuesday in Loranger house fire

A retired Kenner firefighter died Tuesday morning in a house fire in Loranger, authorities said.

Authorities found the body of George David Schilling, 79, inside a bedroom in his Toney Road home, the state Fire Marshal’s Office said in a news release.

Loranger firefighters were dispatched to 15362 Toney Road around 6 a.m. after a passing driver reported the fire, the news release said.

Independence firefighters and Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s deputies also responded to the scene.

Firefighters found the single-family home completely engulfed in flames, the release says. Family members told firefighters that a vehicle parked in the yard belonged to an occupant likely still inside the home.

Authorities found Schilling after bringing the fire under control. Investigators believe Schilling died of asphyxia from smoke inhalation.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire, which consumed most of the two-story home, the release says.

Schilling worked as a driver for 20 years, retiring in 1986,

Kenner Fire Chief John Hellmers said in a statement. Schilling’s son, David, is a district chief in the city’s Fire Department.

“John Schilling risked his life during a 20-year career for the people of Kenner and now his son is following in his footsteps,” Kenner Mayor Michael Yenni said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schilling family.”

Funeral plans have not been finalized.