CALGARY -- A man was taken to Foothills Medical Centre after he was rescued from inside a burning home in the northwest Calgary community of Ranchlands.

Emergency crews were called to the scene, at a home in the 1400 block of Ranchlands Way N.W., at about 11:15 a.m.

When they arrived, firefighters found a male victim outside the home.

Smoke and flames were seen coming out of the front window of the affected unit, prompting crews to begin an aggressive exterior attack.

EMS say the victim had been burned and was suffering from smoke inhalation.

The patient, who was in serious condition, was taken to Foothills Medical Centre.

Fire officials say the home was divided into seven units and crews managed to contain the blaze to just one unit, but another did sustain smoke damage.

The fire started in the kitchen, but an investigator is at the scene to determine exactly how the fire broke out.