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TAMAQUA -- A smoky fire that started inside an apartment in Schuylkill County led police to open an even bigger investigation.

Tamaqua Police are now looking for two people they suspect were making meth inside that apartment. Police said they found several household items that are often used for making meth inside an apartment in downtown Tamaqua.

Thomas Heiser and Kelsey Anderson are wanted by police in Tamaqua for the suspected crime. Officers said a fire at the couple's apartment on West Broad Street turned up a suspected meth making operation.

According to a search warrant, a neighbor called police and said Heiser and Anderson were making drugs in the apartment and started a fire. The couple was not there when crews came to knock down flames, but neighbors said they could smell something strange.

“It smelled like plastic burning. That was even before all the sirens or fire trucks were even out there." said Dorothy Forte from Tamaqua.

Crews doused a pile of clothes that caught fire in the bathroom, but when they took a look around, they found a plastic bottle filled with a white powder and several other signs that methamphetamine, a powerful stimulant, was being made.

Neighbors said they're thinking about leaving the area now.

"It's not safe for them, it's really not," said Forte.

Samuel Garcia lives down the hall with his family. He said he's shocked and scared.

"It's crazy. I have kids and all that. That could have blown up. The whole building could have gone up in flames," said Samuel Garcia.

Council member Justin Startzel said recent methamphetamine training helped police with the investigation.

"It is very necessary that our police department, and not just in Tamaqua, they really do need to become educated with issues like this because it needs to be stopped." said Startzel.

Families have been let back into the building since the fire, but Thomas Heiser and Kelsey Anderson are still missing.


  • Capt Bogart

    Once again this person/persons picked the wrong county to deal in. In Susquehanna County PA one can deal in broad daylight, and this seems to be acceptable to law enforcement.

  • john jackson

    Well Kelsey is finally caught just witnessed her being arrested in front of tommies hoagie shop in tamaqua . Four vop cars were surronding her while in handcuffs and they were looking around for someone else who fled the scene.

  • john jackson

    She already dont have her children… she has two of them and they r not woth her. Its a shame bc she was clean saying she wanted to get her acy together but then next thing u know she is strung out again and again…

  • john jackson

    I saw Kelsey looking in the medicine aisle at boyers gettin all mad bc something wasnt there then heading ober to rite aid a couple days ago all strong out. Hope they r caught . She admitted to doing meth to cops not to long ago so I believe this was going on. She needs help.

  • JP

    If she has a kid, she must be a stand up mom. The State really does need to change the laws so that innocent children are taken out of harms way, prior to it becoming life threatening. This child will never likely have a bright future, unless someone steps in.

  • burtfan

    I’m not sure exactly what the crimes are for meth manufacturing but considering how volatile it is it should be right up there with making bombs. Throw the book at these scumbags. They put others in life threatening situations….sounds almost like terrorism to me.

    • DE

      She has a child too! 52 followers on FB. Maybe they should start there,and find a way to keep that child safe!

      • lk

        just so you know she doesnt have her children she doesnt have custody of them, her kids are safe considering they are not with her and havent been for years, shes unfit and to busy with the needle, i hope to god tho that they find them and lock them up they are both scum!

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