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When Nicholas Balboa took a picture of the wreckage of a collapsed building near Miami, he heard a sound that sounded like a child’s voice.
Surfside, Florida — A small hand waving through the wreckage, but one of the few hopeful moments in an almost futile effort to find a survivor.
Nicholas Balboa was walking his dog on the beach when he heard a rumbling sound that he thought was thunder, he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview on Friday. Feeling something was wrong, he dropped the dog and hurried back outside.
Residents flooded the streets, pointing to a gaping hole with a seaside condominium tower and a cloud of dust. It was collapsing. The fire brigade and rescue team had not arrived yet, and the back of the building was eerily quiet. When I started taking pictures of the wreckage, I heard a sound that sounded like a child’s voice.
31-year-old Balboa was desperate to approach, climbing a mountain of glass and rebar in flip-flops.
“Keep screaming so that I can follow your voice,” Balboa said. He soon saw him waving from the rubble.
The boy, Jona Handler, said he and his mother, Stacy Fang, were the only ones to blow up when part of the building collapsed. He kept asking about his mother. Balboa and a stranger desperately tried to clean up the rubble surrounding Jonah, but it was too heavy. According to Balboa, it looked like a wall or stanchion.
“I’ll be back soon. I’ll get help,” Balboa said trying to comfort the boy.
“Don’t leave me behind, don’t leave me behind,” exclaimed the boy.
“He was absolutely scared. Balboa, who was in town from Arizona, visited his father and said.
A video of Jonah’s rescue was repeatedly played in the news as a rescuer with a flashlight slowly helped him from under a pile of cement and twisted steel and carried him away on a stretcher.
Lisa Mosroom, a family friend, was asked about his condition and told AP: He is a miracle. Mr. Mosroom said Jonah was taken to the hospital at some point but was “stable.”
Officials say at least four people have died in the collapse of the building, and 159 are still unexplained and fear a surge in deaths. Although they did not disclose the identity of the deceased, Mosroom confirmed Fang’s death.
“There is no word to explain the tragic loss of our beloved Stacy,” a member of her family said in a statement released by Mosroom on their behalf. They were deeply grateful to those who reached out and said, “In this devastating time, many heartfelt words of encouragement and love have become a very necessary source of power.”
The family demanded privacy “on behalf of Stacey’s son, Jonah,” and said it took time to “sad and try to heal each other.”
Balboa said he was hurt to learn about Fang’s death.
“I recently lost my mom, so I know what’s going on,” he said.
Lisa J, Associated Press journalist in Decatur, Georgia. Adams Wagner contributed to this report.
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