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Actress Anne Heche remains hospitalized in stable condition Sunday after suffering serious burn injuries when...

Actress Anne Heche remains hospitalized in stable condition Sunday after suffering serious burn injuries when she crashed her car into a Mar Vista home, sparking a fire.
A source close to Heche told CNN Saturday that Heche is “in the ICU, she’s lucky to be alive. She has severe burns and has a long recovery ahead. Her team and her family are still trying to process what led up to the crash.”
A representative for Heche told People magazine Saturday that she was “currently in stable condition.”

Her representatives said the actress is intubated but expected to survive.
“Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and to respect her privacy during this difficult time,” the statement said.
The crash was reported shortly before 11 a.m. Friday at a two-story house in the 1700 block of South Walgrove Avenue, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Neighbor Lynne Bernstein, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1976, told People that he and his fellow neighbors, Dave and Gabriel, were able to talk to Heche moments after her blue Mini Cooper drove “almost all the way through” the house and “almost immediately” caught fire. Dave was able to get into the back of the car and speak to Heche. “She responded that she wasn’t doing real well,” Bernstein told the magazine.
Heavy smoke and flames prevented the men from getting Heche out of the car. But they were able to help the home’s resident, who was in the backyard, to safety.
Bernstein said the unidentified woman “was in shock” as she saw the three men in the house before noticing the vehicle. “I don’t think she got what was going on. She said, `What happened? What happened?’ She was extremely fortunate. So were the dogs and her turtle.”

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The DMV and Los Angeles police have confirmed to multiple media outlets that the Mini Cooper is registered to the actress.
Heche was driving on Preston Way, a one-way street, Friday and ran a stop sign at the Walgrove intersection and drove through some large privacy bushes before the car came to rest inside the house, according to KTLA.

Humphrey said the vehicle “struck and came to rest well within a 738-square-foot two-story home, built in 1952, causing structural compromise and erupting in heavy fire prior to LAFD arrival.

“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’s statement continued.
No other injuries were reported.
TMZ said Heche initially got into a minor collision at a Mar Vista-area apartment complex, crashing into a wall in a parking area, but drove away as people nearby tried to help. The crash into the home occurred a short time later.

Surveillance video posted on social media shows the car speeding down the residential street just prior to the crash.
The Los Angeles Times, citing unnamed law enforcement officials, reported that Heche suffered significant burns and was thought to be under the influence and acting erratically.
Heche, 53, rose to fame on the soap opera “Another World,” where she played the dual role of twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love from 1987 to 1991 and won a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance.

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She also had roles in several films including “Donnie Brasco,” “Six Days, Seven Nights,” “Wag the Dog,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and director Gus Van Sant’s remake of “Psycho.”
Heche has also appeared on several television shows including “Ally McBeal,” “Chicago P.D.” and a recurring role on the series “All Rise.” In June, she signed on to star in Lifetime’s “Girl in Room 13,” which is set to premiere this fall.
The Ohio native had a high-profile romance with comedian-actress and former talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres from March 1997 until they broke up in August 2000 and has a 20-year-old son, Homer Heche Laffoon, with ex-husband Coleman `Coley’ Laffoon.
Heche also has a second son from a relationship with actor James Tupper, her o-star on the TV series “Men in Trees,” which aired on ABC for two seasons from 2006 to 2008, according to the Hollywood Reporter.


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