03/10/2005

Pitbull dog attacks fire crews

Police are appealing for information after fire crews came under attack from a pitbull dog in Co Tyrone on Monday.

Despite having to deal with the blaze at a house in Windmill Drive in Dungannon at around 1.15am, the firefighters were forced to turn a hose on the animal, after it was let off a leash by its owner.

A short time later the dog's owner returned with four other men who threw stones at firefighters as they attempted to tackle the fire.

Police eventually arrived at the scene but the firefighters were forced to leave the scene despite fears that the blaze at the empty house might restart.

No-one was injured in the attack and police have appealed for anyone with information to contact 028 9065 0222 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

(MB/SP)

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