- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - In a story April 1 about plans to demolish an Ocean City rectory destroyed by fire, The Associated Press reported erroneously the date of the fire. It occurred on Nov. 26, not Nov. 16.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Church to demolish rectory destroyed by fire

Church leaders decide to demolish rectory destroyed by fire that killed pastor

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. 26.

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 spread from him to the structure.

Sterner and the church’s pastor, the Rev. David Dingwall, were killed in the fire. A woman was injured in the blaze.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports (https://delmarvane.ws/1jWbMbi) that church leaders have not set a timeline for when the demolition will take place.

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