ARGYLE—Two brothers have been charged with first degree intentional homicide and arson with intent to defraud after three children perished in a residential fire in Argyle on Friday, Sept. 7.
According to the criminal complaint, on Sept. 7 Armin Wand III, 33, and Jeremy Wand, 18, both of Argyle, started a fire at the home of Armin Wand at 402 Oak St. in the village of Argyle 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. At approximately 3:10 a.m., the Argyle-Adams Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at the residence and began efforts to save the occupants. Three children—Allen, 7, Jeffrey, 5, and Joseph, 3—were killed in the fire. Armin’s wife, Sharon Wand, 27, was injured attempting to save her children and remains hospitalized. Their daughter, Jessica Wand, 2, survived the fire.
Armin Wand faces three counts of first degree intentional homicide, a Class A felony punishable by a life-long prison sentence, and arson of a building with intent to defraud, a Class H felony, with a maximum penalty of 6 years imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine.
Jeremy Wand was charged with two counts of first degree intentional homicide, a Class A felony punishable by a life-long prison sentence, and arson of a building with intent to defraud, a Class H felony, with a maximum penalty of 6 years imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine.
The charges were filed on Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Armin and Jeremy Wand were scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Agencies that responded to the fire included Argyle EMS, Blanchardville Fire Department and EMS, Green County EMS, Argyle Police Department, Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation.
Sharon Wand remains hospitalized in critical condition, although it was reported on channel3000.com on Monday, Sept. 10, that she lost her unborn child.
Armin and Jeremy Wand, were booked into the Lafayette County Jail for the arson charges.
The investigation remains open and ongoing.