LOS ANGELES — Anne Heche, the Emmy-nominated actor known for “Gracie’s Choice” and “Vanished,” reportedly 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. Fifty-nine firefighters arrived on the scene and took 65 minutes to fully contain and extinguish the fire, the Twitter report said.
LAFD said on its website that a “a female adult found within the vehicle” has been 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 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 reportedly 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 the driver being rescued from the crash and wheeled onto an ambulance. In the video, the injured driver was covered in a white cloth while on a stretcher.
A representative for Heche declined to comment when reached by the Los Angeles Times Friday.