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Hometown Film Maker Becomes Real-Life Hero

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Film director William Benston was sitting in his office on Race Street in Cambridge one night last December and trying to get some work done on his movie, when all of a sudden he heard screaming.

When he saw the apartment complex at 507 Race St. on fire, Benston quickly sprung into action.

"We pulled a van right under the building, we jumped on the van and they started handing down the babies and kids," Benston said.

Benston said most of the occupants were trapped and had nowhere to go but out the window. Without hesitation, he did whatever he could to help.

"It was kids on the ledge, they were actually about to drop babies down on the ground and these are people I know and so I did what I had to do," said Benston.

The film maker admits that night was a scene right out of a movie, something he has never seen in real life before.

"It was absolute panic, the whole building was on fire the front, the back and people were jumping from the windows and hitting the ground," said Benston.

It was a scary night that injured a few and left 21 people homeless. The fire was ruled arson, and the investigation is ongoing.

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