Two charged in connection with arson fire that killed three
MADISON — Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Tuesday, September 11th charges against two individuals in connection with an arson fire that occurred Friday, September 7th.
Armin J. Wand III has been charged with three counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide, three counts of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide and one count of Arson with Intent to Defraud — all felonies.
His brother, Jeremy Wand faces two counts of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide, three counts of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide and one count of Arson with Intent to Defraud — all felonies.
An initial appearance for both men is scheduled for 1:00 pm on September 12th in Lafayette County Circuit Court.
According to the criminal complaint, Armin and Jeremy Wand started a fire at the home of Armin Wand at 402 Oak Street in the Village of Argyle, Lafayette County, for the purpose of collecting insurance proceeds.
At the time the fire was set, Armin Wand’s pregnant wife and children were sleeping in the home (Sharon Wand; Allen Wand (Age 7), Jeffrey Wand (Age 5), Joseph Wand (Age 3) and Jessica Wand (Age 2).
At approximately 3:10 am, the Argyle-Adams Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at the residence and began efforts to save the occupants.
Allen, Jeffrey and Joseph Wand were killed in the fire. Sharon Wand was injured attempting to save her children and remains hospitalized. Jessica Wand survived.