Unborn child dies in Wis. fire that killed 3 sons
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A woman whose three sons were killed in a house fire also lost her unborn child when the woman was hurt trying to rescue the boys, a family member says.
A beam fell on 27-year-old Sharon Wand as she re-entered the house, the boys’ grandmother, Barbara Wand, told the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper bit.ly/RHF1Kt in Tuesday’s editions.
Sharon Wand was 17 weeks pregnant and lost the child due to her injuries, Barbara Wand told the newspaper. She remained in critical condition Tuesday at UW Hospital in Madison.
The fire broke out early Friday morning in the house Sharon Wand rented with her husband, Armin Wand III, 32, their three sons and their daughter in Argyle, a village of about 850 people 45 miles southwest of Madison.
Seven-year-old Allen Wand, 5-year-old Jeffrey Wand and 3-year-old Joseph Wand died in the blaze. Two-year-old Jessica Wand survived after her mother handed to her off to safety.
Police have taken Armin Wand III and his 18-year-old brother, Jeremy Wand, into custody on suspicion of arson. The state Justice Department has taken over the case. Agency spokeswoman Dana Brueck said formal charges were expected to be filed Tuesday.
Armin Wand III and Jeremy Wand’s father, Armin Wand Jr., said his sons couldn’t have set the fire. He said the house had a history of faulty wiring and a police officer told him investigators hadn’t ruled out a lightning strike.
Armin Wand Jr. said Armin Wand III tried to reach the boys from outside the house but the fire was too intense.
“What they are accused of doing, they just couldn’t have done,” Armin Wand Jr. said. “Those investigators have it all wrong.”
Barbara Wand said the boys adored Jeremy Wand.
“Those boys looked up to Jeremy as a role model, a big brother,” she told the State Journal.