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      St. Paul's By the Sea Episcopal Church fire investigation

      OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City officials say a church fire that killed the pastor was caused by a man who put gasoline on himself, set himself on fire and ran into the church ablaze.

      The Ocean City Fire Marshal's Office said Tuesday that an investigation showed that 56-year-old John Sterner purchased gasoline shortly before the Nov. 26 fire. Authorities say Sterner then ran into St. Paul's By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, and the fire to spread from him to the structure.

      Sterner and the church's pastor, the Rev. David Dingwall, were killed in the fire. A woman who police did not identify was injured and remains at the Johns Hopkins Burn Center in Baltimore.

      The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled Dingwall's death a homicide and Sterner's death a suicide.