For 45 minutes, actress Anne Heche was trapped in the Los Angeles home where she crashed her Mini Cooper as it caught fire, records reveal.
Page Six details that NBC4 released time-stamped audios of the Los Angeles Fire Department’s response to the fatal accident in the Mar Vista neighborhood on Thursday.
Deputy Chief Richard Fields said of the incident, “Given the intense fire and smoke conditions, the interior of the vehicle could not be clearly seen or clearly accessed.”
Tapes reveal that the LAFD arrived at 11:01 a.m. on August 5th and realized within seconds that a person was “trapped inside the vehicle”, although Fields clarified that the dispatcher was referring to Lynne Mishele, the owner.
They thought there were no more victims
At 11:18 a.m., firefighters thought there were no more victims to rescue, while the actress was seen seven minutes later “pushed to the ground” and “inaccessible” in her car.
“The person in the vehicle was not in the driver’s seat, but on the floor of the passenger seat,” Fields said.
It wasn’t until 11:49 a.m. that Heche was pulled alive from her car, then “assessed” and “loaded” onto a stretcher.
Under the influence of drugs
Days later, it was learned that the actress was driving under the influence of cocaine at the time of the crash, after the Los Angeles Police Department obtained a warrant to test Heche’s blood.
Following the accident, the ‘Six Days, Seven Nights’ star fell into a coma, and on August 11 her rep revealed that the actress had “suffered a severe anoxic brain injury” and was “not meant to survive”.