‘Engulfed in flames’: Award-winning actress Anne Heche, Ellen DeGeneres’ ex, fighting for life after violent car crash


US actress Anne Heche was critically injured in a fiery car crash into a house in Mar Vista on Friday.

The crash was reported shortly before 11am in the 1700 block of South Walgrove Avenue, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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Police said the driver was speeding down a residential street and launched 30 feet (9 metres) into a home.

The Mini Cooper involved in the crash was speeding and possibly hit a curb before launching through the front yard and into the home.

Anne Heche in 2018. Credit: Chris Pizzello/AP
An aerial view of the crash scene. Credit: NBC

The homeowner was in the backyard at the time of the crash and was not injured.

A neighbour described what he saw after that driver was rescued.

“The house was tons of smoke. I think they used the crane to move the car to extract the driver. It was crazy.”

Humphrey said the car stopped inside the two-story home that was built in 1952.

The house in which the car drove into. Credit: NBC
The burnt-out car in the middle of the road after being extracted from the house. Credit: NBC

The crash caused structural damage and a fire, Humphrey said.

“Fifty-nine firefighters took 65 minutes to access, confine and fully extinguish the stubborn flames within the heavily damaged structure, and rescue one female adult found within the vehicle, who has been taken to an area hospital by LAFD Paramedics in critical condition,’‘ Humphrey said.

Heche, 53, is the former partner of talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, and is known for films including Donnie Brasco and Cedar Rapids.

Pictures and video footage obtained by US media outlet TMZ showed the Emmy-award winning actress driving a blue Mini Cooper, which was later pictured severely damaged at the scene.

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