Van Dijk fire: Husband up and walking at burn center, infant son prognosis improving

(Lander, Wyo.) – The prognosis for the two members of the Van Dijk family in a Salt Lake City burn center are good, the family’s pastor said Thursday. “Feike is up and improving and, of course, devastated,” Matt Whitman said. “The prognosis for Renny, the couple’s 10 month old twin, is optimistic.”

Feike, the dad, and his infant son were burned when the family’s home caught fire Tuesday night. After receiving initial medical attention at SageWest Health Center-Lander, they were individually flown to Salt Lake. Noelle, the mom, the couple’s other infant daughter and their 5-year-old boy were treated and released the night of the fire.

“The goal is to get them through the next couple of weeks. We are arranging long-term accommodations and want to get it set up for them so they can just move in to their new home. I think most of their short term needs are being met, the challenge will be long term needs,” Whitman said. “The community’s support means the world to them.”

Funeral services for the two children lost in the fire are pending and arrangements will be announced later.

Whitman said plans are in progress to establish a web page that will include family updates and any special needs. will post the address for that site when it becomes active.

To read about the community’s outpouring of support for the family, click here.