Police are investigating a fire at a public housing building in Fitzroy North which has 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.
Sadly, he died shortly after arriving at hospital.
All other residents have been evacuated safely and are accounted for.
Police and fire authorities are currently on scene and a crime scene has been set up.
Detectives from the Arson Squad will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Investigators urge anyone who witnessed the incident or with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au