HOUSTON - Two parents and their three young boys made a safe escape after a car fire spread to their Clear Lake-area home early Tuesday morning.

The Houston Fire Department was called to a home on Rill Lane in far southeast Houston around 4 a.m.

One of the boys in the home, a teenager, told firefighters he heard an explosion and looked outside to see his sister s car on fire in the driveway. The boy first tried to put the fire out with a garden hose, but he gave up and ran across the street to call 911.

The boy also rang the doorbell several times to alert his family to the danger.

Firefighters were able to quickly put out the blaze, but not before it damaged the home s garage and attic.

Family members said they don t know what caused the blaze, and the car where the fire appeared to have started was disabled at the time.

It was really blazing when I saw it, said the Early family s father. The battery s dead. There was almost no gas in it because it hasn t been driven it can t be driven. Just trying to figure out what could have happened.

HFD arson investigators are looking over the scene to determine how the fire started.

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