Petaluma firefighter injured in pit bull attack

A Petaluma firefighter helping treat a westside resident with a medical problem Monday afternoon needed aid himself after a pitbull at the home attacked him, a fire official reported Tuesday.

Firefighters had been called to an English Street home just before 2 p.m. for a man needing medical help. They'd just arrived and were starting to assess the man's condition when the seemingly routine call took a turn.

"We were inside the residence treating the patient. With no warning, a pitbull came charging through the house," said Petaluma fire Capt. Martin McCarville. "The dog just came out of nowhere at full speed. No barking, no warning. "

The dog lunged at McCarville, striking his left hip. "It hit my side almost like a police dog attack," he said.

The dog bit the man's left leg. The fire captain spun and got the dog off of him, but the animal lunged again and bit his left hand.

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