SAN JOSE -- A woman in her 80s safely got out of her burning house this morning when she woke up to the sound of a ringing smoke alarm, according to a fire captain.

The woman woke up at about 2:30 a.m. and made her way through a smoke-filled house on Tokay Court, according to San Jose fire Capt. Reggie Williams. The woman went to a neighbor's house, and they called 911.

Firefighters arrived within five minutes, and extinguished the one-alarm blaze five minutes later, Williams said.

The fire was burning in the woman's living room.

"She had a working smoke detector," Williams said, adding that if the woman did not, the "outcome could have been different."

"When we do have a positive outcome like this, we like to make sure people know about it."

Williams added that firefighters recommend people change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks in April and October and for the beginning and end of daylight savings.

Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMgomez.