Police are at the scene of a fatal house fire which occurred in Laverton overnight.
Emergency services were called to the home in Badge Court following reports of a fire just after midnight.
Firefighters have located the body of a woman in the extensively damaged home.
A crime scene has been established and a crime-scene guard will remain at the address overnight.
A forensic chemist and fire investigators will examine the scene in the morning to determine the exact cause of the fire.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au