Boy, 4, saves family from overnight fire in southwest Houston

December 20, 2013 (HOUSTON)

The Houston Fire Department got the call around 3 a.m. at an apartment complex off South Dairy Ashford and Huntington Estates Drive. When they arrived, they found everyone inside the apartment had made it out safely.

By the time they knocked the flames down, one apartment was destroyed and three others had smoke and water damage.

Rolanda Gray says her 4-year-old son, Jameel, had gotten up to wait for his father to come home from work and heard the smoke detectors going off.

"I was asleep and he was up," she said. "And he came running in my room screaming, 'Momma, momma, momma,' and I popped up and then he led me in there."

Everyone managed to get out safely. Gray says her son might have saved her life. The Red Cross is providing the family with some assistance, including toiletries and a place to stay for the next three days.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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