Three children, twin girls and a boy, have tragically died in a house fire in the Hunter Valley this morning.
Earlier reports indicated there were grave concerns for a child, who was reported missing as the house became engulfed in flames, about 3.30am.
One boy was found dead inside the home, and twin girls later died at hospital, police confirmed this morning.
Emergency services have praised the bravery of neighbours, who were woken by screams and banging, and tried to help the family get out of the burning home.
Neighbours tried to assist the firefighting effort, dousing the flames with their garden hoses, according to reports.
About 20 firefighters were called to the fire at Brittliffe Close, a small cul-de-sac in Singleton.