ARCADIA >> A was rescued unharmed after she locked herself, inside the trunk of a car at a mall in Arcadia on Sunday afternoon, along with the car keys, authorities said.
The mishap was first reported about 3:50 p.m. at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall, 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia Fire Department Battalion Chief Cory Cerwin said.
The girl was witha family member when she decided to climb into the trunk, he said. She pulled the lid closed.
“She happened to have the keys to the car as well,” the battalion chief said.
The family member called authorities for help.
The doors of the car remained unlocked, allowing firefighters to access the passenger compartment, Cerwin said.
The girl was ultimately freed after an opening was pried between the trunk and the passenger compartment, allowing the girl to pass the keys through, officials said
Paramedics examined the girl once she was freed, he said. She was “a little sweaty,” but uninjured.
Cerwin said the car as equipped with a button allowing the trunk to be opened from within, but it wqs not working.
*NOTE: This story has been updated to correct inaccurate information provided by the Arcadia Fire Department.