Child feared dead in NSW home fire
Three children have died in a house fire in Singleton in the NSW Hunter Valley.
Police have begun an investigation into the blaze that started at the Brittliffe Close home overnight.
A 31-year-old woman and an eight-year-old boy were treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics at the scene for smoke inhalation, before being taken to Singleton Hospital. Their current conditions are not known.
Two girls, whose ages are yet to be confirmed, were taken to Singleton Hospital, where they were pronounced deceased.
Another boy, whose age is not confirmed, was located deceased inside the home.
A neighbour told 9News how she was alerted by screams as the fire broke out in the early hours of today.
"I was woken up to screams. And come out the front and the houses was on fire. It was terrible. It was horrendous. People everywhere. The firies all turned up," she said.
Neighbours say that a family of sixl ived in the property, including four children, three girls and a boy.
A spokesman for NSW Police said emergency services were called to the house at about 3.30am in response to reports of a fire.
When it is safe to do so, police and fire investigators will examine the home to identify where and how the fire started.
Police will prepare a report for the Coroner outlining the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
Police attempted to search the home but were beaten back flames.
A NSW Fire and Rescue spokesman said firefighters arrived shortly after and started tackling the blaze.
NSW Ambulance say paramedics took four people to Singleton District Hospital.
Two people were later transferred to John Hunter Hospital.
The fire is believed to have started in the front of the house.
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