According to multiple reports, actress Anne Heche was hospitalized after a fiery car accident in Los Angeles.
Witnesses cited by TMZ at the end of Friday said that Waving the dog and Donnie Brasco the star was seen crashing into the garage of an apartment building in her Mini Cooper, only to drive away as passersby tried to help her. Soon after, she reportedly burst into a nearby house in Mar Vista, setting off a flame that engulfed the vehicle and spread throughout the house.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said it took 59 firefighters 65 minutes to extinguish the “stubborn flames” and “save one adult woman found in the vehicle.” She was taken to hospital in critical condition.
But Heche’s ex-boyfriend Thomas Jane told The Daily Mail on Saturday that the actress was “stable” and “expected to survive” despite having been intubated.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Anne, one of the true talents of her generation,” said Jane, who did not meet Heche until 2020. “Thank God, no one else was hurt.”
A source close to Heche told CNN that the actress was “lucky to be alive” and had “severe burns and a long recovery” ahead of her. Her family was still processing what led to the disaster, the source said.
Stu Mandel of Fox 11, who watched the rescue by helicopter over the crash site, previously said, “If there’s anyone alive, it’ll be a miracle.”
“There was a lot of smoke in the house. I think they used a crane to move the car to get the driver. It was crazy, ”the witness quoted in an interview with NBC Los Angeles.
Images posted by Fox 11 show a woman, identified by the news site as Heche, taken on a stretcher. Los Angeles Timesciting law enforcement officials, he reports that Heche was the registered owner of the vehicle.
Heche representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“We had a really multi-dimensional incident here,” said Los Angeles Fire Captain Erik Scott. “We had a serious road accident, we had a woman trapped inside, we had a car that caught fire, and then we had a house that had a fire which is marked in red. At this point, it is destroyed.
No other injuries were reported.