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Hospital president, wife killed in house fire

Posted: 8:47 PM, Sep 28, 2014
Updated: 2014-09-28 20:47:04-04

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The president of a major southern New Jersey hospital and his wife were killed when a fire broke out in their home.

The fire was contained to an upstairs bedroom. (Photo: News 12 New Jersey)

The fire was contained to an upstairs bedroom. (Photo: News 12 New Jersey)

But authorities say the "circumstances surrounding the deaths" of 72-year-old John Sheridan and his 69-year-old wife, Joyce, remain under investigation. They also haven't said what sparked the fire early Sunday at the couple's home in Montgomery Township.

Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano says police and firefighters responded to the home shortly before 6:15 a.m. The fire was contained to an upstairs bedroom, where they found the unresponsive couple.

John Sheridan was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife was taken to a hospital, where she died a short time later. Autopsies will be performed to determine what caused their deaths.

John Sheridan was president and CEO of Camden-based Cooper University Health Care.