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"Meth lab" landlord speaks out after fire destroys his building

'Meth lab" landlord speaks out after fire destroys his building

TAMAQUA, Pa. - As investigators in Schuylkill County zero in on the people running a suspected meth lab, the landlord of the property is speaking out saying this could have been prevented.

"I told them I have fear they're going to bring the building to the ground."

Property owner Joe C. is talking about the tenants of apartment five in his building on West Broad Street in Tamaqua.

"They moved in like three months ago," he explained. "And the past two to three weeks I got a lot of calls from the neighbor complaining about what's going on."

It got so bad, Joe says he was in the process of evicting 21-year-old Kelsey Anderson and 33-year-old Thomas Heiser.

He filed the complaint two weeks ago and the pair were due in court for the hearing Friday morning.

Joe tells us he even went to the police this week after other residents told him the couple broke the glass of two doors.

"I begged the police to do something about it."

Around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night a fire broke out in Anderson and Heiser's apartment bathroom.

Police say the couple may have been cooking methamphetamine.

Officers are now looking for the pair, and Joe says he's glad no one lost their lives in the blaze, however, he maintains the danger could have been avoided.

"They promise me they going to do something," Joe said.

Tamaqua Police confirm they were in the process of filing criminal mischief charges against Anderson and Heiser for the reported vandalism.

Officials say just last week Tamaqua Police had methamphetamine training, so they're more prepared as meth labs continue to pop up in the area.

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