Three children killed in Australian house fire


Three children have died in a house fire in the Australian state of New South Wales, police say.

Emergency services were called to the home in Singleton, 200km north-west of Sydney, at about 03:30 local time on Wednesday (16:30 GMT Tuesday).

A boy’s body was found inside the house and two girls were taken to hospital but died. A woman, 31, and another boy, 8, were treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known, authorities said.

New South Wales Police said they had not yet confirmed the ages of the children who died.

“When it is deemed safe to do so, police and fire investigators will examine the home to identify where and how the fire started,” the police force said in a statement.

A report will be prepared for a coroner, they added.

Singleton is located in the Hunter Valley, a popular wine and tourism region.


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