Child dead after fire at Melbourne public housing flats

| 15.08,20. 11:10 PM |


Child dead after fire at Melbourne public housing flats

A crime scene has been established at the site.(ABC News)

A child has died after a fire at a public housing building in Melbourne this afternoon.

Victoria Police said the young child was pulled from the burning building in Fitzroy North and was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

He died shortly after arriving at hospital.

All other residents were evacuated safely and have been accounted for.

Emergency services were called to the apartment block at the intersection of Clauscen and Nicholson streets about 12:30pm.

Police and fire crews remain at the site and a crime scene has been set up.

Resident Jeylan Dzemailoska said she came out of her unit when she heard screaming coming from inside the building.

"I opened the door to see where it was," she said.

"Then all of a sudden it was just big thick smoke coming in.

"It was scary."

She said one man was hanging out of his window and had to be rescued by the fire brigade and someone else broke a window.

"I heard someone was breaking the window glass and then all of the gushing of the thick smoke was coming out," she said.

Arson squad detectives will now investigate.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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