Fire leaves Shiva’s Motel in south Modesto uninhabitable

Bee Staff ReportsJune 9, 2014 

A fire at Shiva’s Motel on Monday afternoon likely spelled the end of the South Ninth Street business.

Firefighters from the Ceres Fire Division, Modesto Regional Fire Authority and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District responded to the fire about 5:20 p.m., said MRFA Battalion Chief Hugo Patino.

Three or four units were damaged, he said, but this was just the latest of several fires, and “at this point, the whole complex is uninhabitable.” The owners, he believes, are planning to have the motel demolished.

In late April/early May, Shiva’s had two fires in a week, leaving just one habitable unit. The second of those fires started in one of about a dozen units that were being remodeled after a January 2013 fire destroyed them.

At that time, Ceres Fire Deputy Chief Bryan Nicholes said he would recommend to the Stanislaus County building department that the motel be condemned, given the number of fires and damage done to the structure.

Patino did not know how many people were staying at the motel Monday, as the inhabitants tend to be transient.

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