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Three children dead in house fire at Singleton

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UPDATE 9AM

SHocking news in Singleton this morning with three children dead in a house fire. 

About 3.30am Hunter Valley Police District officers were called to Brittliffe Close after reports a house was well alight.

Officers from Fire and Rescue NSW attended and are in the process of extinguishing the blaze.

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.

When it is deemed 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.

EARLIER:

More than 20 fire crews are on the scene of a house fire at Singleton. 

Crews were called to a Brittliffe Close home at around 3:30am following reports of a single level house well alight. 

Two children were rescued and taken to hospital, the mother of the children rescued a third child from the burning house who was also taken to hospital.

It's understood through Newcastle Fire Command that there is at least one child unaccounted for.

The house has been severely damaged by fire and the roof has collapsed in.

Fire and Police investigators are en route to the scene to investigate the circumstances leading up to the blaze.

We'll have more information as it comes to hand.

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