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. 16.
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 to spread from him to the structure.
OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Authorities say two people are critically injured after a fire broke out at a church in Ocean City.
Fire crews were called to a two-alarm blaze at St. Paul's By-The-Sea church on Baltimore Avenue on Tuesday morning. Crews have been able to control the blaze at the church that is more than 100 years old.
Ocean City police say two people were taken to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin in critical condition.
The Wicomico Middle School will be closed today and tomorrow following a power outage yesterday morning.
Superintendent John Fredericksen issued a statement that the facility would not be open again until Monday.
Parents were able to pick up the students yesterday after a second power failure as fire crew arrived for a call about an electrical blaze fire.
WBOC reports that Salisbury Fire Chief Richard Hoppes said that fire crews from Salisbury, Parsonsburg and Delmar responded to the scene where the blaze is believed to have started in a mechanical room.
STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a power generator under the deck of Chesapeake Bay Bridge's westbound span sparked a fire that closed the bridge, backing up traffic for miles.
Lt. Shannon Callahan, Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services dispatch supervisor, says the generator was in a construction zone in the bridge's under-structure when the fire started Sunday evening.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - State fire officials are seeking information about 14 suspicious fires that have caused more than $60,000 damage in Washington County.
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said Wednesday that the fires occurred between March 17 and March 27. The blazes have occurred in trash containers and numerous motor vehicles. All occurred during the late night or early morning hours.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Arson Hotline at 1-800-492-7529.