Elderly couple escapes burning home in NE Houston

The home on Benson near Sumpter caught fire around 9pm Wednesday.

March 6, 2014 6:57:13 AM PST
An elderly couple in northeast Houston tells us they are lucky to be alive after escaping from their burning home last night.

The home on Benson near Sumpter caught fire around 9pm. Fire officials believe it started after a water heater inside the home exploded.

The two people inside were able to escape before the flames took over. "I have a flashlight I keep by my bed," said resident Patricia Bullock. "I shined the light. You couldn't see nothing but smoke."

The home sustained only minor damage.

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