Fatal house fire in Benalla

Tragic: Police are investigating a fatal house fire in Benalla, which occurred on Saturday, January 15. Photo by McPherson Media Group

Police are investigating a fatal house fire in Benalla on Saturday, January 15.

Emergency services were called after a passer-by noticed smoke coming from a home on Smythe St about 4.30am.

Sadly, firefighters found the body of a person in the extensively damaged home.

At this stage, it is not believed anyone else was inside at the time of the fire.

A crime scene has been established and will remain in place.

Arson and Explosives Squad detectives along with specialist fire investigators have examined the scene to determine the exact cause of the fire.

Anyone with information is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au