HOUSTON -

Firefighters said a fire was intentionally set outside a family's northwest Houston home.

Around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, Houston firefighters responded to reports of a fire and found a small blaze burning on the outside of a home on Alexander near 15th Street.

According to reports, firefighters managed to quickly put out the fire. A family of eight was home at the time, including three small children. 

Firefighters said the fire was set near one of the children's bedrooms, but the parents smelled the smoke and was able to get everyone out safely.