As you get started in Resident Evil 3, you’re likely to come across quite a few frustratingly chained off areas and items, including a fancy shotgun sitting in a locked and chained case.
Where to find the Bolt Cutters location
To get inside any of them, you need the bolt cutters, but getting to them can be a bit roundabout. First, you’ll want to trigger a cutscene. Walk to the end of the street you start on, and you’ll be prompted to put out a fire to proceed.
Then, you need to make a detour to the Kite Bros. Railway offices, through the donut shop (the route to which conveniently opened up when you walked away from the fiery area). There’s a single zombie inside, but it shouldn’t be too much of a threat. Head down the hallway and to your right, and you’ll find a fire hose (the room to the right also contains the shotgun I mentioned earlier).
Take that fire hose back to the blocked-off route, plug it into the fire hydrant, and proceed forward. The bolt cutters are sitting in plain sight at the end of the safe room.