Two dead in suspicious Point Cook townhouse fire
Two people have died in a house fire in Melbourne's south-west which is being treated as suspicious by police.
The blaze broke out at the double-storey townhouse on Totem Way in Point Cook in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Emergency services were called about 3.40am and found the fire had spread to nearby homes. Police said early on Wednesday the body of a man had been found, and later confirmed a second person had died.
Detectives from the arson and explosives squad are now trying to establish if there were other people inside the property.
"The cause of the fire is yet to be determined however police are treating it as suspicious," a police spokeswoman said.
A neighbour called Jemil said he and his partner tried to leave their home with their baby through the front door but their garden was on fire.
They escaped out the back and then saw a woman in the second-storey window of the burning home gasping for air. They used an axe to break the window.
"We saw a lady and she was frantically gasping for air. We tried everything, we smashed the garage door in, we opened her garage door leading into the house. It was engulfed in flames," he told Nine News.
"We broke her window to try and get her out but after that, it was just silent."
The townhouse was destroyed. Arson chemists will remain at the scene for some time, a police spokeswoman said.
Fire Rescue Victoria crews arrived to find the property engulfed in flames. They believe the fire started in the middle of the townhouse.
The fire was brought under control in an hour by 40 firefighters.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
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