John Sterner

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Leaders of St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church have decided to demolish its rectory, which was destroyed in a fire that killed the pastor.

According to a church newsletter, leaders decided last month to demolish rather than renovate the rectory, which was destroyed on Nov. 16.

The Ocean City Fire Marshal's Office has said that 56-year-old John Sterner purchased gasoline, poured it on himself and set himself ablaze. Authorities say Sterner then ran into the church, and the fire to spread from him to the structure.

Ocean City Mourns Loss

Dec 4, 2013
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The pews were filled.

The sadness felt amidst the favorite color of Reverend David Dingwall.

Dingwall served as the pastor of the St. Paul’s by The Sea Episcopal Church for the last eight years.

Some people during his funeral service held at the St. Peters Lutheran Church yesterday called him a beacon of hope.

Carl Mosley told WBOC that Dingwall always did everything he could do to help people.

As difficult as his passing was how he died was even tougher.


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Dana Truitt has been identified as the women who was injured in the November 26th fire at the St. Paul’s By The Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City which killed the Reverend David Dingwall.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Bob Rothermel, a vestry member who spoke on behalf of St. Paul’s, confirmed that she was the hospitalized person.

She is now at the burn unit of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore.

Truitt was initially sent to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.