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Town mourns ‘angels’ killed in NSW blaze

By AAP Newswire

Relatives, friends and neighbours of a family that lost three "angel" children in an inferno that ripped through their NSW home say they've been left "gut-wrenched" and are grieving "horrendously".

Five-year-old twins Matylda and Scarlett and their 11-year-old brother Blake could not be saved when their Singleton home went up in flames on Wednesday morning.

Their mother, Kara Atkins, and eight-year-old sister Bayley were pulled from the flames and survived.

They were taken to John Hunter Hospital where they remain stable and as "good as they can be emotionally", relative Britt Rinkin said.

"To be in that moment when we were told we lost our daughters, son, grandchildren, nieces, nephew and cousins, and to re-hear it on the news repeatedly, to see it on social media is gut-wrenching for our family because we are grieving horrendously," she wrote on Facebook on Wednesday night.

Ms Rinkin thanked those who rushed to support the family as donations near $150,000 on GoFundMe.

"Our little angels are resting in peace," she said.

Singleton mayor Sue Moore said the community would be changed forever by the tragedy.

"The situation confronting those who responded to the fire ... is hard for anyone to imagine, and I pay tribute to the heroism of the neighbours who were on the scene in the first instance and the emergency services who responded," she said in a statement.

One such heroic neighbour recounted pulling Ms Atkins and her surviving daughter from the burning home.

"(I) tried so hard to go back in but the fire was out of control," she wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

"I'm so sorry you beautiful kids, I'm so sorry."

Police and fire investigators are working to establish what caused the fire, but it's understood a fireplace is being considered as a potential source of the blaze.

Many locals are struggling to come to terms with the events. The Salvation Army has sent a chaplain to the town to provide support.

One new father said he was emotionally moved when he saw three eagles flying over the small mining community.

Another resident said they'd leave their outside lights on to "light the way" for the lost children.

"One of my children is in Bayley's class at school and she is distraught from the news," one man wrote on Facebook.

"Another of my children was in Blake's class and I don't think it has hit her yet."

A report will be prepared for the coroner.