Actor Anne Heche was seriously injured on Friday after a single-vehicle accident in Los Angeles, NBC Los Angeles reported.
The crash at a home in the Mar Vista neighborhood sparked a “major fire,” which was extinguished in just over an hour, Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, said in two email alerts.
The driver was pulled from the vehicle by LAFD rescuers and taken to a hospital with critical injuries, he said.
The house sustained heavy damage, but no other injuries were reported, Humphrey said. The collision was reported just before 11 a.m
A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said the crash is under investigation and there is no direct clue as to its cause.
It was possible, he said, that the patient would be subjected to a blood draw as part of the police investigation. In California, police do not require a warrant for a blood draw if a person was arrested on a drink-driving charge prior to the test.
Such arrests can be made based on officers’ observations and circumstantial evidence, such as drugs or alcohol in a vehicle.
Heche first became known for her roles on the soap opera ‘Another World’ and later appeared in such films as ‘Donnie Brasco’, ‘Volcano’ and ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’. including “Chicago PD” and “Men in Trees.”
In 2020, Heche said her 1990 relationship with comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres was groundbreaking as a high-profile same-sex romance.
“My story is a story that changed the world, moved the needle for equal rights, when I fell in love with Ellen DeGeneres,” she said in a recorded segment for the show “Dancing With the Stars” that year.
She said the more than three-year relationship that ended in 2000 cost her career dearly, including a lack of key studio roles for 10 years.
She later married Coley Laffoon and the couple had a son before divorcing. She had another son in 2009 with “Men in Trees” co-star James Tupper. The couple has since split up.
Mar Vista is a community of post-war homes on a hill above the beach. It borders the city of Santa Monica.