Three children dead in house fire tragedy in Hunter Valley

Three children have died following a house fire in the NSW Hunter Valley.

Firefighters were called to the fire near Brittliffe Close, Singleton, about 3.30am on Wednesday.

Two girls, both aged 5, were rushed to Singleton District Hospital but died.

A boy, 11, was found dead inside the home.

A 31-year-old woman and an eight-year-old girl were treated on the scene for smoke inhalation. They were later taken to hospital but their conditions are unknown.

Three children have died after fire ripped through a home in Singleton on Wednesday morning. Source: Nine News

Neighbours wake to cries

A concerned resident told the Nine News she woke to screams and saw the blaze.

“There’s so many children inside,” she said.

“It’s just a shocking thing to happen to anybody.”

Another neighbour told Seven's Sunrise he also heard "screaming" before running outside and realising the house was one fire.

Resident Brock Forbes said he and his family were woken up by a "big bang" and tried to fight the blaze until fire crews arrived.

"(We heard) just smashing and screaming so we ran out and grabbed the hose," he told the ABC.

"I was trying to put the fire out and trying to save them and firefighters came and got it under control."

It’s not known what started the fire.

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.

With AAP

A neighbour said there were a number of children inside the house. Source: Nine News

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