The Los Angeles Fire Department reported that a vehicle struck a two-story home in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, “causing structural damage and starting a severe fire.”
The adult woman found in the car was “taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition by LAFD paramedics,” it added.
US media has confirmed early reports from celebrity gossip magazine TMZ that the woman in the blue Mini Cooper was Heche.
The 53-year-old actress first crashed into the garage of an apartment building before driving off, according to footage obtained by TMZ.
The same car later crashed into Mar Vista’s house, “severely damaging it”. According to the fire department, it took 59 firefighters 65 minutes to completely contain and extinguish the ensuing blaze.
She starred in several films of the 1990s, including Six Days, Seven Nights, Donnie Brasco and I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Heche is also known for her role on the soap opera Another World, for which she won a Daytime Emmy in 1991.
In the 1990s, she was in a high-profile relationship with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
- Editor / TMZ / AFP