SURFSIDE, FL (3TV/CBS 5) - A family trip near Miami turned into a nightmare for one Phoenix man. Nicholas Balboa was walking his dog outside when the beachfront condo collapsed one block away from him in Surfside, Florida.

"I heard the sound. It sounded like thunder. Then I could feel the ground shake, felt like a small earthquake," said Balboa.

Florida building collapse

Rescue crews were able to pull the boy to safety shortly after.

Balboa said he went to the collapsed building to see what happened. He later heard a young voice crying out for help and a small hand waving from the rubble. "He was saying, 'I am here. Someone help me.' He was saying that his mom was there as well. I couldn't see or hear her," said Balboa.

Balboa said he couldn't get closer but stayed with the 10-year-old boy, who was clearly terrified. "I was close enough to see him and hear him and let him know that we were there, that we were going to get help," said Balboa. "When I told him that, he said, 'Please don't leave me, please don't leave me.'" Balboa said he used his phone's flashlight to flag down a police officer. Rescue crews were able to pull the boy to safety shortly after.


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