Actress Anne Heche has been hospitalized after a violent car crash in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports.
Witnesses quoted by TMZ on Friday evening said that Walk the dog and Donnie Brasco The star was seen crashing into the garage of an apartment block in his Mini Cooper, only to drive off as bystanders tried to come to his aid. She then allegedly drove into a nearby house in Mar Vista shortly after, starting a fire 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 “rescue an adult woman found in the vehicle”. She was taken to hospital in critical condition.
However, Heche’s ex-boyfriend, Thomas Jane, told the Daily Mail on Saturday that the actress was “stable” and “had to pull through”, despite being intubated.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to Anne, one of the true talents of her generation,” said Jane, who dated Heche as recently as 2020. “Thank God no one else was hurt .”
A source close to Heche told CNN the actress is “lucky to be alive” and has “severe burns and a long recovery ahead of her.” His family was still processing what led to the crash, the source said.
Fox 11’s Stu Mandel, who observed the rescue operation from a helicopter above the crash site, said earlier: “If there’s anyone alive in there, it’ll be a miracle.”
“The house was full of smoke. I think they used the crane to move the car to extract the driver. It was crazy,” a witness told NBC Los Angeles.
Footage released by Fox 11 shows a woman, identified by the outlet as Heche, being carried away on a stretcher. The Los Angeles Timesciting law enforcement officials, reports that Heche was the registered owner of the vehicle.
Representatives for Heche did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“We really had a multi-faceted incident here,” Los Angeles Fire Department Captain Erik Scott said. “We had a major traffic accident, we had a woman trapped inside, we had a car that caught fire, then we had a house that had a major fire which is red-tagged. It is at this point destroyed.
No other injuries were reported.