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Ocean City Approves Church's Plans After Deadly 2013 Fire

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

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP/WBOC)- Ocean City officials have approved a church's plan to rebuild after a 2013 fire destroyed the rectory and killed the church's pastor and the man who authorities say started the fire.

Town Communications Manager Jessica Waters said this week that the Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission recently approved the construction plans for St. Paul's by-the-sea Episcopal Church.

On Nov. 26, 2013, officials say John Raymond Sterner set himself on fire with gasoline and ran into the church, instantly setting the building ablaze. Sterner and the church's pastor, the Rev. David Dingwall, were killed. A woman was severely burned.

In 2014, leaders decided to demolish rather than renovate the destroyed rectory.

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