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Two Dead, Including Pastor in Ocean City Church Rectory Fire

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Tuesday morning's fire occurred at St. Paul's by the Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City. (Photo: WBOC) Tuesday morning's fire occurred at St. Paul's by the Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City. (Photo: WBOC)
This video still of Tuesday morning's fire was provided by a WBOC NewsWatcher. This video still of Tuesday morning's fire was provided by a WBOC NewsWatcher.
St. Paul's By-The-Sea Episcopal Church rector the Rev. David Dingwall is shown in this photo on the church's website. St. Paul's By-The-Sea Episcopal Church rector the Rev. David Dingwall is shown in this photo on the church's website.

OCEAN CITY, Md. - Church officials confirm Rev. David Dingwall has died after a fire broke out in the rectory of a church in Ocean City Tuesday morning, bringing the death toll to two.

Rev. Dingwall was the pastor of the Saint-Paul's-By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, and Bishop Bud Shand from the Episcopal Diocese confirms he died in injuries he sustained in that fire. Ocean City officials confirmed a second person was also pronounced dead, and a third suffered life-threatening injuries, but have not yet released those victims' identities.

When fire crews responded to 302 N. Baltimore Ave. at around 9:25 a.m., they found fire coming from the rectory. The blaze escalated to three alarms, but crews were able control the blaze quickly with most of the damage affecting the rear of the church.
 
In a bizarre twist, church volunteer Kevin Ball tells WBOC that a man who was on fire walked into the church, screaming for help. Eyewitnesses say the wooden church caught on fire right after the man ran inside. But a town spokeswoman said that is still not confirmed.

The Ocean City Fire Marshal's Office and the Ocean City Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the cause of the fire.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the OCPD at (410) 723-6610.

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