Firefighters arrived at the home on Triola and Baneway early this morning to find flames shooting out its windows.
A man who lived there had already escaped the house. He says a smoke detector alerted him to the fire and he ran outside. No one was hurt.
"This is one of those occasions where the smoke alarm has done its job and I believe has saved a life," said Chief Terry Stone with the Houston Fire Department.
The cause of the fire is unknown.