PROVO — A man suffered significant burns to his chest after his shirt caught fire in a small house fire in Provo Tuesday afternoon.
The man suffered a “good-sized burn” on his chest, smoke inhalation and burned airways, according to Provo Fire and Rescue EMS Capt. Sam Armstrong.
The house fire, located at 678 N. 410 West, was reported about 12:20 p.m.
Initially, the man was taken to Utah Valley Hospital and was later transported to the University of Utah’s burn center in critical condition.
Occupants of the house reported the flames burning off the man’s shirt reached up to 3 feet high before they threw a blanket on him, according to Armstrong.
“They put the flames out, but he had already breathed in smoke,” Armstrong said.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.