A man found inside a burning north-side home Thursday morning was taken to a hospital in serious condition, a fire official said.

Firefighters could see a black cloud of smoke as they arrived at the home just before 9:30 a.m. The carport and a truck parked at the home in the area of North 15th Avenue and West Kelso Street were engulfed in flames, said Capt. Barrett Baker, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department.

As crews began extinguishing the blaze in the carport and trying to prevent the fire from spreading to a neighboring home, other firefighters searched the house for victims and found a man inside suffering from smoke inhalation. He was taken by paramedics to a hospital, Baker said. It took nine units and 22 firefighters about half an hour to control the fire. The cause is under investigation, and the cost of damage has not been determined, Baker said.

Kimberly Matas