One injured in Brentwood explosion at home that doubled as gun shop


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One man was injured in an explosion late this afternoon at his Brentwood home that doubles as a gun shop, the borough's mayor said.

Frank Mihalovich was burned on his back and face, although the extent of his injuries was not known, Mayor Dennis Troy said. Mr. Troy is optimistic that Mr. Mihalovich will recover.

The Allegheny County fire marshal, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and utility companies are investigating the blast in the 4100 block of Tuxey Avenue. The cause of the 4:55 p.m. explosion remains unknown.

They were still trying to determine Thursday night if area residents need to evacuate, Brentwood police Chief Robert Butelli said.

The federal agency offered help with the fire investigation and was there to complete an inventory of the gun shop and to ensure it's safe, ATF supervisory special agent Joe Price said.

Mr. Mihalovich was in the home when the explosion occurred. He was able to walk out of his home and was transported to UPMC Mercy.

Firefighters were initially unable to enter the basement of the home, where ammunition had been set off by the fire, Brentwood fire Chief Dan Niecgorski said.

The foundation, back of the two-story home and basement, where Frank's Guns is located, were badly damaged, Chief Niecgorski said.

Mr. Troy  said Mr. Mihalovich was a "great public servant" and founder of Brentwood Emergency Medical Service, "a dedicated servant to the community."


Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published February 6, 2014 7:02 PM

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