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Man found during North Miami Beach house fire dies

Victim identified as William Cook, 56

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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A man found inside a North Miami Beach house that caught fire Wednesday has died from his injuries, police said.

The victim was identified by police Thursday as William Cook, 56.

Authorities said 25 firefighters were called to the fire at the home near Northeast 11th Avenue and 165th Terrace, where flames were as high as 15 feet.

"They broke the door," said neighbor, Daniel Pizzaro. "The victim looked like he had been trying to open the door knob (but) he just stayed stuck there."

Cook was taken to a nearby hospital where he was listed in critical condition. He died of his injuries Thursday.

Police said the home was abandoned and boarded up at the time for unpaid taxes.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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