Police are on the scene of a fatal house fire that claimed the lives of a woman and three children in Melbourne overnight.
Their bodies were found inside the remains of a home in Glen Waverley, in the city’s southeast, after a blaze tore through the property early on Sunday morning.
“Arson Squad are investigating following a fatal house fire in Glen Waverley this morning,” Victoria Police said in a statement.
“Investigators have been told the fire started in the Tulloch Grove property just after 1.40am.
“Sadly, a woman and three children have been located deceased at the residence and are yet to be formally identified.”
Police said a man escaped the inferno and was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
More than 30 firefighters were called to the scene after witnesses reported smoke billowing out from the two-storey townhouse.
“The home sustained significant fire damage,” Fire Rescue Victoria said in a statement.
“Occupants from neighbouring residences were evacuated as a precaution, their properties also inspected for fire damage.”
The cause of the fire is yet to be determined and the investigation is ongoing.
Fire Rescue Victoria assistant chief fire officer Costa Katsikis said his thoughts were with those impacted by the “tragic event”.
“Upon arrival they were confronted by a fierce fire, a high fire load, a very hot fire that tragically ended in the loss of four lives and one person taken to hospital with smoke inhalation,” he said.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.