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Child locked in safe during hide-and-seek rescued by police

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BEAUMONT, Texas (PIX11/KBMT) — A 4-year-old boy is resting at home after being rescued from a locked safe inside a Texas store.

Firefighters with the Beaumont Fire-Rescue were called around 12:40 p.m. on Friday to a report of a child locked in a safe at La Morenita Meat Market, KBMT reports.

According to Beaumont Fire Captain Earl White, the child was playing in a storeroom when he accidentally locked himself inside the safe.

The child is the son of the store owners.

The store owner told KBMT that her sons, ages five and four, were playing hide-and-seek when the oldest locked the youngest in a safe measured three feet by three feet.

When the older son tried opening the safe, the combination lock broke. He called for help when he could not open the safe with a crowbar.

Firefighters used a special saw to cut the hinges of the door and then used the “Jaws of Life” to pry the door open. It took firefighters approximately 30 minutes to free the child from the safe.

The child was checked by Beaumont EMS and found to be okay following his brief ordeal.

Police say while they believe it was an accident, they are still investigating how he was able to get into the safe.