Tributes And Donations Pour In For Children Killed In Horrific Home Inferno
The three children who were tragically killed when their Hunter Valley home went up in flames have been identified.
Five-year-old twin sisters Matylda and Scarlett were rescued by emergency crews who burst through side windows of their Singleton home to reach them.
They were rushed to Singleton hospital, where they later died.
The body of their brother Blake, who was just 11-years-old was discovered in the home after the blaze had been contained.
Their mother Kara, 31, and their eight-year-old sister Bayley managed to survive the almighty inferno that broke out at about 3.30am on Wednesday.
They were pulled from the home and treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation. The pair were taken to Singleton Hospital and then on to John Hunter Hospital for medical treatment.
Braden Rodgers was one of the heroic neighbours who entered the burning home to rescued the mother and her sole surviving daughter.
"We kicked the door in after getting the mother [and daughter] out, and a hot blaze pushed us back out," he told 10 News First.
"We were on our hands and knees, we couldn't see anything."
"I don't want praise, I didn't do it for praise, I did it to help the family."
A NSW Fire Service spokesperson told media on Wednesday that a tragedy like the fire would have a significant impact on the tight-knit community in Singleton.
"Everybody in a town like this knows somebody who knows somebody in a circumstance like this. So this isn't just a matter of finishing the job and moving on," The NSW Fire Service spokesperson said.
"There's obviously going to be a lot of ongoing work and ongoing support that's needed. Not only for the emergency services but with children involved you've got the local schools and community alike."
Just hours after the news of the children's death broke, a Go Fund Me fundraising page was set up to help parents Chris and Kara pay for the funerals of their three young children.
In just two hours, nearly $15,000 had been raised to support the family.
Emergency services remain on scene at the gutted home as they investigate the cause of the fire. On Wednesday morning, it was suggested a heating device or fireplace could have started the blaze, however, that is yet to be officially confirmed.
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