Man hospitalized after helping residents escape fire

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A 50-year-old man was hospitalized Wednesday morning after helping evacuate people from a structure fire. 

Around 1:30 a.m., Bakersfield and Kern County firefighters responded to a fire spreading through an apartment in the 1400 block of Lake Street in East Bakersfield. 

A 50-year-old resident of the building is believed to have suffered smoke inhalation after helping with the evacuation and was taken an area hospital. 

Bakersfield fire officials estimate $50,000 of damages occurred and six people have been displaced from the fire.

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