Actress Anne Heche was hospitalized after being involved in a car accident that 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 post on the official fire department Twitter account said one person, seriously injured, was rescued and hospitalized.
On Saturday, a rep said the actress was in stable condition. “His family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and respect his 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 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 she was 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 video showed her being rescued from the car and transported to an ambulance. In the video, Heche was covered in a white cloth while on a stretcher.
Heche is best known for her work as Vicky Hudson and Marley Love on the soap opera “Another World”; she won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1991 for her work on the show. In the 1990s, his credits included the films “Donnie Brasco”, “Six Days Seven Nights” and “Return to Paradise”. More recently, she appeared in the television series “All Rise” and “Chicago PD” and in the movie “The Brave”.
Times writer Richard Winton and The Associated Press contributed to this report.