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Actress Anne Heche in critical condition after car crashes into house in LA


Actress Anne Heche

Actress Anne Heche

Actress Anne Heche

US actress Anne Heche was taken to hospital in a critical condition after her car reportedly crashed into a house and was “engulfed in flames”.

The incident occurred on Friday morning in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles, near to Ms Heche's home.

The 53-year-old actress is the former partner of US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

Pictures and video footage obtained by US media outlet TMZ showed Ms 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).

"59 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 residence but that the occupant had escaped without injury.

The building was left "uninhabitable", spokesman Brian Humphrey added.

Law enforcement officials told the Los Angeles Times that Heche suffered significant burns and was “deemed to be under the influence and acting erratically”.

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Heche is known for films including Donnie Brasco, Cedar Rapids, and Psycho.

She began dating DeGeneres in 1997 but separated in 2000.

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