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Kenny Baker, from Ashford, rescued by firefighters after locking himself in his bathroom

By Sam Williams

A man who called the fire brigade after accidentally locking himself in his bathroom says he feared he would be stuck there for days.

Kenny Baker, from Park Farm, Ashford, locked the door when he went for a shower - despite being home alone.

But the door handle broke, trapping the 26-year-old inside.

Kenny Baker phoned for help after his door jammed
Kenny Baker phoned for help after his door jammed

He explains: "I have no idea why I locked the door because my housemate was on holiday and no one else has access.

"It was just habit I think but I'd essentially locked myself in the house, not just the bathroom."

Kenny, who works for Brakes in Ashford, realised he was in trouble when he got out the shower and tried to exit the bathroom.

"I'm so glad I had my phone, or I could have been trapped for days" - Kenny Baker

Luckily, as he likes to listen to music while showering, he had his phone on him.

Kenny, who laughed while remembering his situation, said: "I was trying for a good 15 minutes to open the door.

"There is no window in the room, only a small vent, so I worried I would run out of oxygen. I looked for things that I could use to unscrew the handle.

"I'm so glad I had my phone, or I could have been trapped for days."

Eventually Kenny called his housemate and, after a few giggles, she advised that he ring the fire service.

He said: "I've never called 999 before. I was so embarrassed. I think they could tell and they were really nice.

"They said they wouldn't put the blue lights on for me but said someone was on their way."

Mr Baker's locks had to be replaced
Mr Baker's locks had to be replaced

Crews arrived at Kenny’s house in Poppy Mead at about 2.45pm on Saturday and used a ladder to gain access to an open window on the first floor.

They passed an Allen key under the door to Kenny, who loosened the handle, and he was freed.

Kenny, who expressed his gratitude to the firefighters, added: "They said I wasn't the first person to get trapped!"

Watch manager Tim Hanley added: "It is a good job he had the phone on him really, or he could still be stuck now!

"I think he saw the funny side."

It is not the first time firefighters have saved someone from a tight spot. See our list of Kent's most unusual rescues here.

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