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UPDATE: Fire victims' father in custody

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LAFAYETTE COUNTY (WKOW) -- The Lafayette County Jail has confirmed 32-year-old Armin Wand is in custody.

Sgt. Mary Paisley tells 27 News Wand is meeting with the Division of Criminal Investigation. It is unclear whether Wand has been arrested or charged.

Stay with 27 News and wkow.com for the latest on this developing story.

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ARGYLE (WKOW) -- Armin Wand told 27 News Sunday night his wife is still in critical condition at UW Hospital and that she is on a ventilator, because her lungs were burned in the Friday morning fire at their home.

A friend of the Wand family says Sharon Wand is four months pregnant.

Wand also told our newsroom that the couple's two-year-old daughter is doing okay. She was treated and released from the hospital, following the fire.

Three of Wand's other children-- 7-year-old Allen, 5-year-old Jeffrey and 3-year-old Joseph-- were killed in the fire.

Wand says funeral arrangements have not yet been made

Officials are looking into the cause of the fire.

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ARGYLE (WKOW) -- Investigators are looking into what caused a fire that killed three children in the Town of Argyle Friday morning.

A family of five was home when a fire broke out after 3 a.m. in Lafayette County.

The mother, father and their two-year-old daughter made it out alive, but the father tells us his three sons did not.

Thirty-two-year-old Armin Wand and his wife, 27-year-old Sharon Wand live at the home on the 400 block of Oak Street where the fire started.

Armin Wand tells 27 News his wife tried calling 911 when the fire started, but couldn't find the phone. He says she ran outside for help while he tried to fight the fire. When he realized it was too big, he couldn't get to the room where his three boys were inside.

Authorities didn't say just how much damage the fire caused, but even from far, you can see the front of the home is charred.

Police blocked off the street, so even Armin's father says he didn't see what was left of the house.

But his son told him what happened when he lost his 3, 5 and 7 year old boys in the fire.

"He did tell me he tried to go in through the window to get the two oldest out and one was crying and that's the last he heard. He couldn't get in there fast enough," says Armin Wand, Jr., the victims' grandfather.

One neighbor says she heard that something was wrong even before fire trucks got to the scene.

"I heard yelling, and I thought there was a fight," says Melissa Cuevas. "When I came out to look,  I could see flames behind the house."

Argyle Schools Principal Nichole Schweitzer says it's been a sad day for the district. They've provided support to students and school staff. "The boys will be remembered fondly, they were always ready with a smile, and they were always ready to make you smile," Schweitzer says.

Several agencies including argyle-adams fire, argyle police and blanchardville fire responded.

Argyle police, Lafayette County Sheriff's department and Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation are now leading the investigation into what caused the fire.

They were at the home all day but haven't released information on what may have started it.

UW Hospital says Sharon is in critical condition.

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ARGYLE (WKOW) -- Three people are sent to the hospital after a fire in Argyle.

Argyle Fire Chief Randy Martin says three people were taken to local hospitals. He wouldn't give any ages or genders yet and doesn't know how they're doing. One was airlifted by helicopter to a Madison hospital.

The Argyle Fire Department is expected to release more information Friday afternoon.

Stay with www.wkow.com for more on this developing story.

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ARGYLE (WKOW) -- The Blanchardville assistant fire chief tells 27 News more than one victim was sent to the hospital, after an early morning fire in Argyle.

The assistant fire chief says crews from the Argyle and Blanchardville Fire Department were called the 400 block of Oak Street at about 3 a.m. Friday, with the report of victims trapped inside the home.

Officials say more than one victim was transported to the hospital. Officials are not releasing information on their conditions or ages.

Fire officials have not yet confirmed whether the fire is out.

27 News has a crew at the scene and will have more information about this developing story at www.wkow.com.

 

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