Police are investigating a fire at an apartment building in Fitzroy North which claimed the life of a child this afternoon.
Emergency services attended an apartment block at the intersection of Clauscen and Nicholson Streets about 12:30pm.
A young child was pulled from the burning building and taken to hospital in a serious condition and died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
All other residents were evacuated safely and accounted for.
Police and fire authorities are on the scene in Fitzroy. A crime scene has been set up as Arson Squad detectives investigate the circumstances of the fire.