Jonesboro man charged in accident that sparked Machias hospital fire

Posted Sept. 12, 2012, at 9:50 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 12, 2012, at 11:40 a.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — Daniel Snowdeal, 48, of Jonesboro was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of a property damage accident after a vehicle he is suspected of driving crashed into a utility pole on Court Street in Machias on Monday night, triggering a power surge that sparked an electrical fire at the Down East Community Hospital.

The surge, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Monday, filled the radiology wing of the 25-bed hospital with smoke, but none of the patients needed to be evacuated, according to Machias Fire Chief Joey Dennison.

Hospital spokesperson Julie Hixson said Tuesday no patients were affected by the fire. The radiology department, she said, used portable technology while electricians worked Tuesday to restore power to in-house equipment. The hospital relied on its emergency backup generators for almost 12 hours, with power being restored at about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Hixson said the cost of damages had not been estimated.

The accident remains under investigation by the Machias Police Department.

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