Natalie Unitt, 24, escaped by jumping out of a first floor bedroom window with her partner Chris Moulton, 28 who was clutching their 2-year-old son Jack, as the inferno ripped through their Stafford home.
But her other kids Riley, eight, Keegan, six, Tilly Rose, four, and three-year-old Olly all died in the fire that brought down the roof of their three-bed terrace home.
Eldest child Riley is from Natalie's earlier relationship with his dad Matt Holt.
Natalie, who describes herself as a "proud mummy" on social media is being treated for smoke inhalation while partner Chris, 28, is recovering with minor burns.
Toddler Jack was unhurt but being monitored.
Neighbour and ex fellow pupil Sophie Flood said: “Natalie was bullied at school all the time. People were so horrible to her. All she ever wanted in life was to be a mum and she lived for those kids.
"They were her whole world and now she’s lost four of her babies she’ll be totally devastated. I don’t know how she’ll cope without them.”
Devastated relatives have been laying flowers today in memory of the four tragic youngsters.
One touching tribute reads: “RIP babies, life is so cruel. All our thoughts are with the family at this very sad time.”
Another said: "To my lovely grandkids I will always miss you. Love you always xxx".
The cause of the fire is currently being investigated but witnesses believe it may have been caused by a gas leak.
'HEARD CHILDREN SCREAMING'
Horrified neighbours have described how they heard the children screaming as the flames spread through the two-storey home.
Wendy Pickering said: "I went into the bathroom and I heard children screaming and I said to [my husband] to phone 999.
"They got here ever so quick. We could see the flames from the kitchen window and there lapping at the roof
"There were no windows in the parents bedroom – the glass had gone as well as the guttering.
"It was really high, it was so intense – there was so much smoke.
"We heard two bangs but we don't know what might have caused it."
One told Sun Online the dad of the tragic youngsters heroically jumped from the top floor of the flaming house holding a baby along with the mum.
Brave firefighters then battled to reach those trapped inside but were beaten back by flames as the inferno took hold of the two storey home.
Witnesses also said a large blue and green flame could be seen through the roof of the property suggesting a gas fire.
Dramatic pictures show flames shooting from the second storey of the home leaving the roof gutted.
'SMALL POPS AND EXPLOSIONS'
Jason Stones, 48, said the family "didn't stand a chance" as the fire took hold.
He added: "You could hear small pops and explosions coming from the house at about 2.30am.
"My dogs woke me up. I looked out the window and smoke was pouring from the back of the house down the road.
"My wife dialled 999 while I rushed outside and you could feel the heat coming up the road."
There were several small explosions, which sounded like fireworks going off
A neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, added: "I've heard the dad jumped from the top window holding his child.
"I guess you would do anything that you could, I can't imagine the heartbreak they must be feeling at not being able to save the others.
"There were several small explosions, which sounded like fireworks going off. The flames were pretty high at one point, they were coming out of the roof."
Another described how they saw a "sheet of fire" engulf the upstairs window as flames erupted.
The headteacher of Castlechurch Primary School, where three of the children attended, today paid an emotional tribute saying they were "absolutely devastated".
Nicola Glover said: "Riley was a very confident, excitable member of school who came everyday full of enthusiasm.
"He was a caring friend who hated to see anyone hurt or upset and would do his best to help or cheer them up.
"Riley had a great sense of humour and an infectious giggle. He was a very bright and articulate boy who showed interest in all areas and was always keen to ask lots of questions.
"Tilly was a happy little girl who loved coming to nursery. She was a friendly and caring child who loved to read stories, dress up and paint. Tilly was always proud of her achievements.
Keegan was lively, full of fun and mischief with a really endearing smile
"Olly was a happy, loving boy who loved cuddles. He was always happy to come to nursery and loved to be in the role play area with the dolls."
The head confirmed psychologists would be available to staff and pupils affected by the tragedy as she expressed sympathy for the family.
Headteacher Kim Ellis, from Marshlands Special School where Keegan was a pupil, said:"Keegan was lively, full of fun and mischief with a really endearing smile.
"He loved school and everyone who worked with him loved him. We were all proud of him and the progress that he had made. It is very hard to accept what has happened.
"Our school community are understandably devastated and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
"We are also putting support in place to help our staff and fellow pupils at this difficult time."
DECLARED DEAD AT THE SCENE
Cops confirmed four children were tragically declared dead at the scene and two adults and another child were rushed to hospital with their injuries not believed to be life threatening.
Fire crews are now combing the scene for clues with a search being carried out at the home.
Staffordshire Police confirmed in a press conference this afternoon the four children were all aged between three and eight.
Tragically, four children from the property were confirmed dead on scene
"Our thoughts are with the family, who are being supported by specialist officers at this difficult time."
A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman confirmed they were carrying out a joint investigation with Staffordshire Police.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said they sent three ambulances, the Trust's Hazardous Area Response Team, the MERIT trauma team and a BASICS emergency doctor to the home.
They added: "Three occupants, two adults and a child, had managed to get out of the property.
"All three patients were assessed and treated on scene by ambulance staff for non-life-threatening injuries before being taken to hospital for further care.
"Tragically, four children from the property were confirmed dead on scene."
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