Anne Heche, the Emmy-nominated actress known for ‘Gracie’s Choice’ and ‘Vanished’, was hospitalized after she crashed her car and caused a house fire in Mar Vista on Friday.
The Los Angeles Fire Department reported a car accident in the 1700 block of South Walgrove Avenue before 11 a.m. on Friday. A message on the official firefighters Twitter account indicates that a person, seriously injured, was rescued and hospitalized.
Fifty-nine firefighters arrived on the scene and took 65 minutes to contain and completely extinguish the blaze, according to the Twitter report.
LAFD said on its website that an “adult female found in the vehicle” was taken to a “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 Heche is the registered owner of the vehicle. They said Heche suffered significant burns and was considered under the influence and was acting erratically.
TMZ first reported that witnesses saw Heche driving a blue Mini Cooper through their neighborhood. Along with videos and photos from the scene, the site said Heche first crashed in the garage of an apartment building.
Before locals could help Heche out of her car, she reversed and drove off, according to TMZ. Shortly after, Heche crashed into a nearby house and started a fire in Mar Vista, a neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles.
A photo posted by TMZ showed Heche in the driver’s seat of the Mini Cooper, and a video showed her being rescued from the car and taken to an ambulance. In the video, Heche was covered in a white cloth while on a stretcher.
A representative for Heche declined to comment when contacted by The Times on Friday.
Times writer Richard Winton contributed to this report.