Woman charged with arson following apartment fire in Anderson, some victims still in need of help


ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) – The Anderson County Fire Department said a woman has been charged following a fire at Meadow Run Apartments in Anderson.

7 News previously reported on April 20 that eight units were damaged during the fire, and those residents were displaced.

Jordan Kerri Dockery, 31, was originally taken to the hospital following the fire.

Fire Chief Jimmy Sutherland said Dockery was arrested Thursday and charged with second degree arson.

She was booked into the Anderson County Detention Center, where she was held on a $30,000 surety bond.

7 News spoke with some fire victims on Friday, to see how they are recovering. Some victims said they are still searching for permanent housing.

“It’s like we lost everything. The least that you can tell us is just like you know if we’re going to have a stable head over our kids,” said Tanisha Stowe, fire victim.

“Everyday to me it’s been a run around. It’s been like an emotional rollercoaster because everyday we get different answers,” said Victoria Verdell, fire victim.

Jessica Nelms is one of many people originally displaced from the fire. Nelms said the Meadow Run Apartment complex has found housing for her offsite, but her family is still seeing the impact.

“My son was admitted the day before yesterday to the hospital and just got out yesterday at five for smoke damage in his lungs, and now has to take breathing treatments every four hours,” Nelms said.

Nelms is living in a studio apartment, and seeking help for a bigger place. She’s hoping Meadow Run Apartments will help, and give her answers.

“It’s depressing because now today, they said I’m stuck over there at Fairview in a one bedroom studio and that my keys to over here at Meadow Runs got to be turned in at 5:00 today, and I still got stuff in there,” Nelms said.

Verdell is without her own place.

“I’m literally displaced completely. Like I’m living with a family member and basically we still don’t have any answers on what’s going on,” Verdell said.

Verdell said she’s been asking property management for answers, and still nothing.

“To me, it’s been like really crazy because I’m away from my children. So they ask me questions about when all of us can be in one house again,” Verdell said.

Stowe has been moved to another apartment on site, but she is concerned they could be kicked out soon.

“It’s a worry because when I go into the office, I can see that you’re telling me I’m in this apartment, but my apartment is clearly saying on the board that it’s vacant like nobody is in there,” Stowe said. “When we ask what’s going on, they tell us they can’t tell us anything. And it’s like why can’t you tell us anything, you know we’re the victims here and you know we’re being punished,” she said.

Stowe said she didn’t have rental assistance, and is now to sending a warning to everyone.

“My warning is, make sure that you protect yourself. Get your rental insurance or whatever because these people will not help you,” Stowe said.

Some of the victims said they want answers.

“I just want an answer like, let us know like what the next steps are. Like are you going to help us. Like do we need to be helping ourselves. Like quit giving us the run around,” Verdell said.

7 News attempted to get answers from the office staff at the Meadow Run Apartments. The office employee said they didn’t want to be on camera. The employee also said she didn’t have any answers on the next steps, but said the office is waiting on next steps from PK Management.

Sutherland said they will continue to investigate the fire.

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