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HOUSTON -- A group of good Samaritans are being credited with helping a family escape a house fire in southeast Houston.

The fire was reported just before 7 a.m. Thursday in the 8200 block of St. Lo Road at Westover Street.

A neighbor was outside at the time and spotted flames shooting from the home. He jumped a fence to bang on windows to notify the family inside.

A resident inside, Andre Mudd, said he believes someone from above was also watching.

I had God on my side, he said. I m 100 percent.

Mudd, his wife, and his mother-in-law were all fast asleep in their home. Little did they know that their lives were in danger.

Their neighbor did not think twice. He scaled the family s pointed metal fence and began banging on windows.

All three of them made it out safely, yet they were still trapped. The fence surrounding their property was locked and the key was still inside.

So that Good Samaritan improvised. With the help of a passer-by, he knocked down a wooden fence that was closer to the house and closer to the flames.

The victims now call Stephan Abreau, the man who saved them, a hero and an angel. He, however, disagrees.

I think I was in the right place at the right time, Abreau said. The firefighters did all the hard work.

Those firefighters do not yet know what caused the fire, but they believe it broke out near the back of the house.

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