Argyle arson burn victim’s condition improves

Doctors expect woman to be in hospital another month
Argyle arson burn victim’s condition improves
On Friday, Dr. Lee Faucher, UW Health burn center director and surgeon at the UW Hospital, discusses the condition of Sharon Wand, who was injured in a fire in Argyle, Wis., on Sept. 7.

The mother of three boys who died in an Argyle, Wis., house fire Sept. 7 is recovering well from her injuries, despite doctors’ early predictions that she would not likely survive.

UW Health burn center director and surgeon Dr. Lee Faucher said on Friday morning that 27-year-old Sharon Wand is recovering remarkably, considering the condition she was in when she was admitted in early September.

Faucher said Wand suffered third-degree burns covering 65-percent of her body in the fire, including burns to her lungs. At that time, doctors had given her a 10-percent chance of surviving.

The doctor said although she is doing well, she is still considered in critical condition. She is expected to be in the hospital at least another month.

During the Friday morning news conference, Faucher also said Wand was recently reunited with her 2-year-old daughter, the only one of her children to survive the fire. Doctors said the reunion between mother and daughter was a private family moment, but they were told it was a very happy one.

Doctors also clarified Friday morning that they believe Wand’s unborn child did not die in the fire, but sometime thereafter, as doctors were able to detect a heartbeat when Wand was admitted to the hospital Sept. 7. Wand was about four months pregnant at the time, but the fetus has since died.

Update on felony charges

Police are calling the blaze that killed Wand’s three sons arson. Sharon Wand’s husband, 32-year-old Armin Wand III, and Jeremy Wand, her 18-year-old brother-in-law, have been arrested on suspicion of setting the fire.

Wand, her husband and their 2-year-old daughter escaped the fire alive. Their three sons, Allen, 7, Jeffery, 5, and Joseph, 3, died in the fire.

SLIDESHOW: See photos of suspects, victims, Argyle house fire scene 

According to online court records, Wand’s husband, Armin Wand III, of Argyle, is facing six felony counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of arson. Armin Wand III’s next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 13 at 8:30 a.m. in Lafayette County Circuit Court.

Armin Wand’s brother, 18-year-old Jeremy Wand, also of Argyle, faces the same felony charges. He appeared in Lafayette County Circuit Court Thursday and was found competent to stand trial. Jeremy Wand is also scheduled for a preliminary hearing in the case Nov. 13 in Lafayette County.