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Looking back: Brigade calls are brave and bizarre
7:00pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
Argus readers have found themselves caught up in some awkward situations over the years.
Back in March 2001, Jessica Elkadhi was playing hide-and-seek with her mother Claire when she found herself trapped in an under-stairs toilet.
Mrs Elkhadi tried to open the jammed toilet door, but in the end had to call the fire brigade to rescue her six-year-old daughter.
When they arrived, they had the door open within minutes.
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The young girl, then a pupil at Balfour Infants School, took it in her stride. “I was a bit frightened at first, but then I thought it was funny.”
She even declared that she was looking forward to telling her school friends about her adventure.
Another, more serious mishap, which occurred a decade later in March 2011, saw the fire brigade come to the rescue again.
Four paramedics ended up trapped in a lift on their way to a block of flats in Chadborn Close, Brighton.
Just a month before police got stuck in the same lift on the way to a drugs raid.
In May 2012, a maths teacher got his sums wrong and ended up locked in Prince Regents Leisure Centre gym after closing time.
After being suddenly plunged into darkness, Nigel Tart used his phone as a torch and stumbled over to the reception desk.
In the process he set the security alarm off and found the doors locked shut.
The 46-year-old, exhausted from his workout, proceeded to call the police because he was worried people might think he had broken in.
Fortunately, he had managed to get out through an unbolted emergency exit in the end, by which time the police had arrived and he was given a lift home.
He managed to remain unfazed by the mishap, saying that he would continue to use the gymnear closing time, but that he “would have a word” with the management, so that they didn’t lock him in again.
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