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Ocean City Church Fire Third Victim: Dana Truitt


OCEAN CITY, Md.- WBOC has identified the third victim of a bizarre church fire in Ocean City that killed two and injured one last week.  

The injured person is 42 year-old Dana Truitt, of Ocean City, according to a Saint Paul's By The Sea Episcopal Church official. A spokesperson from John's Hopkins Bayview Burn Center confirms that Truitt is a patient, listed in critical but stable condition.    

According to her family, Truitt was volunteering at Shepherd's Crook when the church caught on fire. Truitt's sister said as of Monday morning, Truitt is still in the ICU at John's Hopkins Bayview Burn Center.

Truitt's sisters said she has burns to over 20 percent of her body.

"She's gotten burnt over 21% of her body," said Crystal Rees, of Bishopville. "They had to shave her bald because she had a hairpiece in her hair and it melted to her head."  That's not all. She added, "her chest area got burnt, her shoulders, her back and her thighs."

Truitt was opening the food bank when a man apparently lit himself on fire and ran inside. That man, 56 year-old John Sterner, of Ocean City, apparently sparked a blaze, killing the church's pastor and himself, while leaving Truitt fighting for her life. Rees was shocked to see Sterner was allegedly behind it all.

"I couldn't believe it. Because we knew the guy. He used to go there all the time."

The bizarre incident sent a shock wave through the community; putting everything on hold-- even Truitt's wedding. Truitt is engaged but the family says the wedding may not happen anymore.

Her daughter Stacy Smith hopes Truitt recovers but fears the worse.

According to the family, Truitt has at least four more surgeries before she could be released from the hospital.

"She has a heart of gold. She would do anything for anybody," said Rees.

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