HOUSTON -

Neighbors helped an elderly man safely escape a house fire in northeast Houston.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the house on Hartwick Road at Bauman Road.

Fire officials said a neighbor kicked in the front door to help the man escape the flames at his home.

The man was out of the house by the time firefighters arrived, but they were able to rescue three dogs from the house.

There’s no word yet on what caused the fire to start.