Man Ablaze Runs Into Church, Pastor Dies in Fire
Not clear how John Sterner became engulfed in flames
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2013 6:42 AM CST

(Newser) – An awful story out of Ocean City, Maryland, last week, where a man who was engulfed in flames ran into a church, set it on fire, and ended up dead along with the church's pastor. Investigators think John Sterner, 56, was for some reason covered in a flammable substance, but they don't know how he ended up on fire Tuesday, the AP reports. He ran into the church's food bank, where volunteers were working, the Baltimore Sun reports. After Sterner ran in, the fire engulfed the draperies and quickly spread, WJLA reports.

Sterner "ran in screaming for help," says another pastor. "He hugged one of the volunteers there, an adult female whose clothes were also ignited." She ended up critically injured. The pastor, Rev. David Dingwall, was leaving when a parishioner told him what was going on; he apparently tried to get his computer out of the burning church and ended up overwhelmed by smoke and heat. He was found unconscious by firefighters and died later in a hospital. Sterner has a lengthy criminal record, and may have been homeless.

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Lou Bernardo
Dec 1, 2013 11:54 AM CST
Wow! I suppose this was god's plan to kill two innocent people as well as the man afire? Maybe the minister was rescuing his computer and his porn correction? :)
Dec 1, 2013 11:44 AM CST
Ponder God's Plan
Dec 1, 2013 10:47 AM CST
1 Peter 4:17 KJV For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God. Christians need to protect themselves, when you see the devil coming lock your door and call 911. These people out here in the world never need or believe in God, but when they are on fire they run to the church. Too much of these people out there talking that they don't need God or he doesn't exist. Yet they run to mess up other people lives when they are in trouble and it is too late for them. It time Christians; run the devil. All that idiot had to do was drop and roll. Instruments of Satan. People be very careful with who can determine your salvation or position with your God. Put the demons in their place. It written and the message is sent forth come before it is too late. Don't wait last minute to curse or ridicule the Christians for not taking action. Christain are humans too and need to protect yourselves. You all will be smarter next time.