Yeah, that would make me curious too... I checked fuse number 6 on my 95 C280... vacant too. Just double checking.
I would take off the fuse panel and look for the wires underneath fuse number 6... maybe that would be a lead.
Also, do you have an aftermarket alarm? Seems like there could be a correlation because of hissing sound you heard (possibly vacuum pump; operates central locking system), and an aftermarket alarm.
Keep us posted!
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