ELGIN, Ill. -- Firefighters in Illinois were trapped inside their station after two aggressive dogs continuously attacked them for 20 minutes.
Fire Capt. Tony Bialek was eating his lunch on the patio at First Station Seven in Elgin on Wednesday when he spotted a dog in the parking lot, myFOXchicago.com reported.
But as he approached the animal, it went for him -- and he only just managed to escape.
He said, "So I got up, and the dog seen me and went straight for me. Lucky I left the door ajar. Because all I did was open it, step in and shut it, and the dog's nose was right there by my ankle. Lucky I got my foot inside before the dog got ahold of it."
A second, much larger dog then began snarling and scratching at the door, trapping firefighters inside the building.
Bialek added, "Teeth bared, drooling all over the weekend trying to get in."
When cops arrived, they were forced to shoot one of the dogs in the hind legs when it tried to attack again. Officials said it appears the dogs got out when the owner was away.
"We have tours with kindergartners all the time at lunch time. If there had been a tour going on right there, we would've had a big problem," Bialek said.
Police said the owner was issued citations for allowing dogs to run free and owning a dangerous animal.