Police said the accident occurred at 10:55 a.m. Friday in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.
“The vehicle was heading east on Preston Road at high speed, entered the T-junction of Preston Road and Walgrove Avenue, exited off the road and crashed into the residence located in the 1700th of Walgrove Building,” a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson told Deadline.
“The car caught fire and the driver was taken to a local hospital by the LAFD,” police said.
As the house itself submerged, flames spread to the roof.
“It took 59 firefighters 65 minutes to reach, confine and completely extinguish the stubborn fire inside the severely damaged building,” said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Multiple local ports later confirmed The Blue Mini Clubman involved in the accident is registered with Heche.
Helicopter news footage from Fox11 shows that the car rolled into the house well and may have hit one of its sidewalls.
Fox11’s eye in the sky, Stu Mandel, who often follows chases and air crashes, described the scene as unfolding beneath him.
When firefighters used cables from a massive tow truck to tow the car from the burning house, charred car captain Mandel, a veteran of many such accidents, remarked, “If someone was alive there, that would be a miracle.”
The person turned out to be alive, and the firefighters put the victim on a stretcher, covered the face, and wrapped the person into a waiting ambulance. Just before they get to the emergency vehicle, the person on the stretcher sits down and tries to get off.
“My God!” says Mandel, who at the time believed the driver was male. “He is totally alive! He was trying to escape.”
Moments later, as soon as the emergency workers got the victim into the ambulance, a shocked Mandel said, “I don’t know. It was really, truly a stranger.”
According to TMZ, Heche initially had a minor accident at an apartment complex in the Mar Vista area, hitting a wall in the parking area, but then moved away from the scene. The collapse occurred in the house a short time later.
Heche has several projects in the works. She will soon appear in the upcoming HBO music-making drama series from Sam Levinson, idol, opposite The Weeknd. In June she signed on Lifetime’s girl in room 13The premiere is scheduled to take place this fall. She is also set to play the title role opposite Dermot Mulroney whole trip, A horror and thriller movie is coming and will be repeated in all riceMAIL ON OWN. Heche recently starred in the psychological thriller directed by Peter Facinelli disappear For Netflix, as well as Quiver’s tornado 13 min.
Eric Pedersen and CNS contributed to this story.
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