Hello & Welcome,
Have you tried to "play with" the door or lock to see if you can "feel" the latching mechanism moving?
I was just wondering about the "feel" of the latching part. Sometimes, if I can feel it moving when I work the mechanism, I can sometimes get it to release by pressing on the door at the same time as I press the latch button/lever.
I also wanted to send a couple of diagrams along to you. I don't know if they will help, but at least you will have a little better idea how things go together. I got these from a procedure on how to replace the lock cylinder, but unfortunately, the first step of that procedure is to open the front compartment door.
Please feel no pressure to accept this answer. I am just trying to help out. From what I can see, it may be that the only choice would be to force the compartment door open, as was mentioned before. My only concern would be "where" it might break.
I hope this helps. Please let me know what happens or if I can provide more information.
Take Care & Good Luck, Greg A.