As of 11:59 PM (Wednesday, April 23, 2014), Tamaqua Police officers were still on the scene investigating an apartment fire that displaced multiple families in downtown Tamaqua tonight.
Tamaqua firefighters were called around 10:30 PM to 14 West Broad Street for a report of a third floor fire at apartment number 5.
Scanner traffic said responding police officers observed smoke coming from the third floor apartment.
Firefighters, who neighbors said arrived within seconds of the call, were seen carrying large fans. No damage could be seen from the outside of the apartment building.
Tamaqua Fire Police closed both directions of the unit block of West Broad Street (US209) for about 30 minutes. The last fire company left the scene around 11:20 PM.
The Tamaqua Salvation Army offered a place to stay for two of the families in the apartment building, although both said they would be staying with family tonight.
Maria’s Check Cashing is located on the first floor of the apartment building. Schuylkill Parcel Locator lists Joseph Chamoun as the owner of the apartment building.
UPDATE: Police are now looking for residents of the apartment. They are 21-year-old Kelsey Anderson and 33-year-old Thomas Heiser.
WNEP TV morning story: http://wnep.com/2014/04/24/authorities-investigating-apartment-fire/.
WNEP TV evening story: http://wnep.com/2014/04/24/fire-in-tamaqua-leads-to-meth-investigation/.
Times News story: http://www.tnonline.com/2014/apr/24/meth-lab-may-have-caused-late-night-fire.