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St. Paul's By The Sea Discuss Plans To Demolish Rectory

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - It's been more than four months since St. Paul's By The Sea went up in flames in Ocean City. Now, some changes to the historic church may be on the way.

A church official tells 47 ABC the Vestry has made a tentative decision to tear down the rectory, which faces Baltimore Avenue.

The blaze destroyed this part of the church when John Sterner, 56, purchased gasoline, poured it on himself and set himself ablaze before running into the church. Sterner perished in the fire, along with the church's beloved Reverend David Dingwall.

Church officials say the rectory was reportedly built in the late 1920's, which is later than the rest of the church, which is part of the national historic register. Officials say the historical parts of the church will not be torn down.

A decision for what may replace the rectory could reportedly take months.

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