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Cause of Brentwood home gun shop remains undetermined

| Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, 10:16 p.m.

The cause of an explosion at a Brentwood home that doubled as a gun sale and repair shop remained under investigation Friday.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with Allegheny County Fire Marshal's Office, were in the early stages of the investigation at a home in the 4100 block of Tuxey Avenue where an explosion occurred at about 5 p.m. Thursday, ATF special agent Steve Bartholomew said.

Bartholomew noted the investigation will include a review of utility lines, including gas and electric.

Homeowner Frank Mihalovich, 69, owner and operator of Frank's Guns, who was home at the time of the explosion, remained in critical condition at UPMC Mercy, Uptown, Friday afternoon, according to a UPMC spokesperson. Police said he was burned on the back and head.

The Brentwood Emergency Medical Services board of director's president is well-known in Brentwood, Mayor Dennis Troy said.

“I never heard a bad word about him and if I did hear one, I wouldn't believe it,” Troy said.

The investigation is focused in the basement where the gun shop was, Bartholomew said. The four walls of the basement buckled and cracked in the explosion, which caused the exterior brick façade of the home to fall.

Mihalovich opened Frank's Guns in 1976 and has an ATF license to serve as a gun dealer from his Tuxey Avenue home, Brentwood Manager George Zboyovsky said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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