A woman has died in a house fire in Melbourne overnight that also left two children critically injured.
Emergency services were called to an address on Maralee Drive, in Mooroolbark, north-east of the city, after reports of a house fire around 9pm, Victoria Police say.
Fire crews entered the house and found a woman with injuries to her stomach. Both children were found unconscious.
Ambulance crews treated the woman and children, but the woman died at the scene.
The two children, a boy and a girl, sustained smoke inhalation and are in a critical but stable condition in hospital, where their father is present.
It's believed the woman and children were the only occupants of the home at the time of the fire, police say.
All were removed from the premises and the fire was extinguished.
The exact circumstances leading up to the fire are still being determined and police are investigating, however they are not looking for anyone else at this time.
Authorities' desperate plea
In July, NSW authorities made a desperate plea to the public to make sure people have a working smoke alarm in their house after a devastating Sydney fire claimed the lives of three people including a 10-year-old boy.
Two women – believed to be aged in their 40s and 60s – were killed in the house fire and a 10-year-old boy also succumbed to his injuries.
Five other people including two firefighters were rushed to hospital from the scene.
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