A mother has died and a father and two children have been taken to hospital after a house fire in regional New South Wales.
Early Saturday morning, emergency services were called to the home in Orange, in the Central Table District, and found it on fire.
Police said the father was outside but sustained burns as he tried to return home and rescue his wife and two children.
Local firefighters entered the building and secured the children who had suffered smoke inhalation and were treated at the scene by paramedics.
A short time later, they find a woman in the front room of the house but are unable to revive her and she dies at the scene.
The father and his two children were taken to Orange Base Hospital and subsequently transferred to Sydney for further treatment.
A crime scene has been established and investigations are ongoing with dedicated fire detectives and crime officers to enter the premises when it is safe.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.