POLICE PRAISE “HEROIC EFFORTS” OF NEIGHBOURS IN TRAGIC SINGLETON HOUSE FIRE

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Police have praised the efforts of four neighbours who came to the aid of a family in a tragic house fire in the Hunter Valley town of Singleton.

Three children died in the fire, two five-year-old girls and an 11-year-old boy.

A 31-year-old woman and an eight-year-old girl were rescued from the burning home by neighbours.

The five-year-old girls were pulled from the home but died in Singleton Hospital. The body of the 11-year-old boy was found in the home.

Police say the woman and the young girl are in John Hunter Hospital. The woman is suffering burns and the child has smoke inhalation. Both are in a stable condition.

Police and firefighters were called to the Britcliffe Closet home around 3.30 on Wednesday morning and found the home fully engulfed in flames.

Neighbours who reported hearing the sound of breaking glass, managed to get the mother and eight-year-old girl out alive. While others tried to fight the fire with garden hoses.

A report is being prepared for the Coroner.

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There’s devastating news for the Hunter Valley community after police confirmed three children died in a house fire in Singleton this morning.

Police arrived first at the Brittliffe Close property around 3:30 on Wednesday morning but were forced back due to the intense heat.

Firefighters soon managed to bring the blaze under control, helping a woman and three children to safety.

The 31-year-old woman and an 8-year-old girl were treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics before being transferred to Singleton Hospital.

Two young girls were also taken to Singleton Hospital after being pulled from the burning home but were pronounced dead a short time later.

The body of an 11-year-old boy, was found inside the home.

Authorities are working to determine the cause of the blaze.

A neighbour told NBN News she was woken by the sound of screaming as the fire took hold.

“I was woken to the screams. I came out to find the house on fire. It was terrible,” she said.

It’s the third deadly house fire since the weekend.

An elderly man died in a house fire on Saturday morning while another man was killed in a house fire on the New South Wales Victorian border on Sunday morning.

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