The Fairfax County Fire Marshal’s Office is looking for assistance in locating a person of interest regarding last week’s townhouse fire in the Lorton section of Fairfax County. Darren William Hinzman, 47, last seen on the evening of May 11, 2017, may have witnessed or have information regarding the incident. Interviews with family and friends indicate he may be headed to either Texas or Clearwater, Florida. He may be travelling with his girlfriend/wife, Donna Mae Metro Hinzman. If you have any information or if the subject is seen, please call Lieutenant Palmer, (571)221-1049.
On Friday, May 12, at approximately 1:42 a.m., units were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 8500 block of Koluder Court in the Lorton area of Fairfax County.
Units from Fire Station 35, Pohick, arrived on scene and observed fire showing from all floors on the rear of a middle unit, three-story townhouse. A second alarm was requested. Firefighters quickly advanced fire hose to the rear and front of the home to begin extinguishing the fire. There was minor fire extension into the attic of an adjacent townhome. The bulk of the fire was contained to the townhouse where the fire originated. There were no reported civilian or fire department injuries.
There was no one home at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered and reported by a neighbor. It is unknown if there were working smoke alarms in the home. Two occupants of adjacent townhomes are receiving Red Cross assistance.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Damages as a result of the fire are approximately $219,400. This estimate does not include minor damage to an adjacent townhome estimated at $5,000.
By: Captain Matthew Burns
Fire Station 21, Fair Oaks, C-Shift
Recently, technical rescue team members from all three shifts, and all four technical rescue stations, spent time at the Lorton training site participating in the technical rescue monthly training drill. January’s structural drill focused on advanced torch work and crane operations/load rigging.
The torch work portion consisted of practicing with our cutting torches on steel I beams, 1 inch plate steel and steel cables. Our heavy rigging operations involved evaluating different types of material consisting of steel, concrete pipes, a car, a steel structural beam and estimating their weights prior to using a crane. The crane was then utilized to unstack and then restack the variety of materials in a new puzzle for the next crew.
It is important we keep our various skill sets sharp so that we are ready to respond locally, or afar, to a variety of unique emergency situations.