The US actor Anne Heche has reportedly been taken to hospital in a critical condition after a collision that left her vehicle “engulfed in flames”.
The incident occurred on Friday morning in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles, near to Heche’s home.
The actor, 53, is the former partner of the US talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres, and is known for films including Donnie Brasco, Cedar Rapids and Psycho.
Pictures and video footage obtained by US media outlet TMZ showed Heche driving a blue Mini Cooper, which was later pictured severely damaged at the scene.
The vehicle struck a two-storey home and erupted in heavy fire, according to the Los Angeles fire department (LAFD).
“Fifty-nine firefighters took 65 minutes to access, confine and fully extinguish the stubborn flames within the heavily damaged structure,” an LAFD report stated.
“One female adult [was] found within the vehicle, who has been taken to an area hospital by LAFD paramedics in critical condition. “
The LAFD also confirmed to the PA news agency that the vehicle had driven 30ft into the house but that the occupant had escaped without injury.
The house was so badly damaged it was left uninhabitable, added LAFD spokesperson Brian Humphrey.
Heche’s ex-boyfriend, Thomas Jane, told The Daily Mail that Heche was “stable” and was “expected to pull through”, despite being intubated.
CNN also reported that a source close to Heche said she was “lucky to be alive”. The source said the actor had “severe burns and has a long recovery ahead.”
Heche initially crashed her Mini Clubman into a garage around 11am, then sped off. The Daily Mail published doorbell footage of what it said was Heche’s car speeding down a residential street before an explosion is heard.