KUA Donates $5K, Supplies for Victims of Hotel Fire

KISSIMMEE, Fla., December 23, 2016 – Kissimmee Utility Authority has donated $5,000 to assist residents displaced by a massive fire that swept through the Unno Boutique Hotel in Kissimmee early this morning.

In addition, utility employees have gathered and donated more than $500 in toys, personal hygiene kits and gift cards for those families who lost everything just two days before Christmas.

“When a tragedy of this magnitude hits this close to home, we feel it is imperative to do our small part to help our community and those impacted,” said Jim Welsh, KUA’s president and general manager. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and friends during this incredibly difficult time.”

The fire was reported shortly after 4:30 a.m. Friday and firefighters from Kissimmee, St. Cloud and Orange County responded to the scene, according to Osceola County fire officials. The three-alarm blaze caused major damage to the hotel. The 80 families were taken to Osceola Council on Aging after an evacuation and then transported this evening to a shelter set up at Kissimmee Middle School until permanent housing can be found.

Osceola County is accepting monetary donations to help those affected at http://bit.ly/2hA8w6m. In addition, the Osceola Council on Aging, Kissimmee Middle School and all Osceola County fire stations have been approved as drop-off locations for any donated items, including toys, clothes, hygiene products, shoes, etc.

Founded in 1901, KUA (https://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.