Easton: Two dead, one hospitalized following fire

By ENS staff
Posted Nov 26, 2013

[Diocese of Easton] Editor’s note: This story was updated at 7:20 p.m. on Nov. 26 to report the death of the Rev. David Dingwall, according to local news report. More information is now available in a more recent story here, which was posted mid-afternoon Nov. 27.

The Rev. David Dingwall, rector of St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City, Maryland, has died following a Nov. 26 fire at the church, according to local news reports.

The fire occurred in the rear office area of the church, located on North Baltimore Avenue, when a person on fire entered the Shepherd’s Crook ministry offices, according to the diocese’s website.

According to local news reports, he is believed to be the other person who died. A third person remains hospitalized.

“Volunteers and witnesses say that the man, engulfed in flames, possibly ran into the church for help, and set draperies inside the building alight,” reported WJLA. “Fire officials still do not have an exact cause for the fire.

“After searching through the charred wreckage, firefighters discovered the man’s body in the section of the church that provides food and other services to the homeless.”

Another local news outlet, WMDT, reported that an adult female victim was transported to John’s Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, while an adult male was taken to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Maryland, in critical condition.

Dingwall began his ministry at St. Paul’s-by-the-Sea in 2005, according to the parish’s website.

Comments (2)

  1. So sorry for this tragedy in this National Thanksgiving week. Our thoughts and prayers for the church; for the eternal repose of the soul of Father David, and for healing and recovery of those who survived. Praying also for the Diocese of Easton.

  2. Michael Reddig says:

    David was a fine friend and a valued colleague when I was in the diocese of Easton…..his delivery of the gospel Good News was done in remarkably fresh, bold, and meaningful ways….and he touched me and many other people. I’m sure he will be greatly missed in Ocean City and the Diocese of Easton. May his soul rest in peace.

    Mike Reddig, San Francisco

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