Actor Anne Heche has been hospitalized after she crashed her car and caused a home to catch fire in Mar Vista on Friday.
The Los Angeles Fire Department reported a car crash in the 1700 block of South Walgrove Avenue before 11 a.m. on Friday. A post on the Fire Department’s official Twitter account said one person, who was critically injured, was rescued and hospitalized.
On Saturday, a representative said the actress was in stable condition. “Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and to respect her privacy during this difficult time,” Heather Duffy Boylston, Heche’s friend and podcast partner, said in a statement.
Fifty-nine firefighters arrived on the scene and took 65 minutes to fully contain and extinguish the fire, the Twitter report said.
Firefighters work at the site where a vehicle crashed into a house in Mar Vista, critically injuring the motorist and sparking a fire Friday.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
LAFD said on its website that “a female adult found within the vehicle” was taken to a nearby “hospital by LAFD Paramedics in critical condition.” No other injuries were reported.
The department did not identify Heche as the driver, but law enforcement officials confirmed to The Times that she is the registered owner of the vehicle. They said Heche suffered significant burns and was deemed to be under the influence and acting erratically.
TMZ first reported that witnesses saw Heche driving a blue Mini Cooper in their neighborhood. With videos and photos from the scene, the site said Heche first crashed into a garage of an apartment building.
Before residents could help Heche out of her car, she reversed and drove off, according to TMZ. Shortly after that, Heche crashed into a nearby home and ignited a fire in Mar Vista, a neighborhood on L.A.’s Westside.
A photo posted by TMZ showed Heche in the driver’s seat of the Mini Cooper, and a video captured her being rescued from the car and wheeled into an ambulance. In the video, Heche was covered in a white cloth while on a stretcher.
Heche is most known for her work as Vicky Hudson and Marley Love in the soap opera “Another World”; she won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1991 for her work on the show. In the 1990s her credits included the films “Donnie Brasco,” “Six Days Seven Nights” and “Return to Paradise.” More recently she appeared in the TV series “All Rise” and “Chicago P.D.” and the movie “The Brave.”
Times staff writer Richard Winton and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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