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Hi there and welcome.
2 possibilities spring to mind;
Did you have your other lights on? i.e. sidelights - if so, it may be a short circuit in the rear light cluster/wiring. Especially if the brake lights went out once the main lights were switched off.
Or, failing that possibility - it may be a switch (operated by pressing the brake pedal) which has jammed in the 'on' position.
I would consult an auto electrician if your car is out of warranty.
Hope that helps.
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