Fire crews received a call at 2:35 a.m. of a fire in a house in the 2200 North block of 75 West, said Sunset Fire Chief Neil Coker.
When they arrived they found a 63-year-old man in the kitchen, Coker said. The man, who was not identified at the request of family, was taken by air ambulance to the University of Utah Medical Center.
The man apparently is in poor health and sleeps in a recliner in the living room, Coker said. Crews found him in the kitchen and Coker said he may have become disoriented in the smoke while trying to exit the house.
The man lives with a son who was at work at the time of the fire. The son is staying with family in the area, Coker said.
Crews were able to contain the fire to the living room, but there is heat and smoke damage throughout the house. Coker estimated damage at between $30,000 and$40,000.
The cause of the blaze is undetermined.