Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal house fire in Benalla about 5.15am today.
Emergency services were called to Deas Street following reports of the fire.
The body of a person, who is yet to be formally identified, was located inside the property.
The area has been cordoned off and a crime scene has been established.
Arson and Explosives Squad detectives will attend the scene this morning along with an arson chemist to determine the cause of the blaze.
Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.