Investigators ID person of interest sought in Kissimmee hotel fire

By Stephanie Bechara, Osceola County Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, January 05, 2017, 4:53 PM EST

Investigators have released the name of the person of interest sought in connection with the Kissimmee hotel fire that displaced about 250 in December.

Kevin Stewart is the man seen in the pictures released in late December by the Orlando field office of the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, they said Thursday. The agency did not say where Stewart resides or his age.

Investigators say they have multiple leads in the case. But they still need more information to catch the person responsible.

Investigators said that Stewart is not a suspect in the incident, but they think he might have information about the fire and want to talk to him. Anyone with more information is urged to call the bureau's arson tip line at 1-877-NO-ARSON (662-7766).

The Unno Boutique Hotel fire, which displaced about 250 people just days before Christmas, was intentionally set, the State Fire Marshal's Office determined.

Those displaced by the fire say the suspect has no heart.

“And I am just thinking me and my kids sleeping outside in the streets, in the car," said victim Nilsa Nieves. "It’s really hard for me, they can't even go to school. I don’t know what else to tell my kids." 

If you'd like to donate money to help the displaced victims, Osceola County has set up a PayPal account. Go to Osceola County's home page at Osceola.org and click on the red link at the top.

Donations of items and goods are being accepted with a drop-off location at the Osceola Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point in Kissimmee.