Los Angeles Police Department files have revealed Anne Heche was trapped inside a burning house for 45 minutes.
Anne Heche was trapped in the Los Angeles home she crashed her Mini Cooper into for 45 minutes as it burned, records reveal.
NBC4 published timestamped audio files on Thursday of the Los Angeles Fire Department’s response to the late actress’s August 5 accident in the Mar Vista neighbourhood, reported Page Six.
“Given the heavy fire and smoke conditions, it wasn’t that you could clearly see into the vehicle or clearly be able to access it,” Deputy Chief Richard Fields told the outlet of the scene.
According to the recordings, the LAFD arrived at 11.01am that day and realised within seconds that a person was “stuck inside the vehicle” — although Fields clarified that the dispatcher was referring to Lynne Mishele, the owner of the home, at the time.
While the firefighters believed at 11.18am that there were no other victims, Heche was spotted at 11.25, “pushed up against the floorboard” and “inaccessible” in her car.
“Where the person was in the vehicle was not in the driver’s seat, but on the floorboard of the passenger seat,” Fields said Thursday.
Heche was pulled out of her car alive at 11.49 and subsequently “assessed” and “loaded” onto a gurney, according to the records.
The Los Angeles Police Department obtained a warrant to test Heche’s blood, and news broke days later that she was under the influence of cocaine at the time of the crash.
The Six Days, Seven Nights star went into a coma after the accident, with her representative revealing on August 11 that Heche had “suffered a severe anoxic brain injury” and that she was “not expected to survive.”
The Call Me Crazy author had previously expressed a desire to “donate her organs,” so she was kept on life support to determine whether she was a match.
Heche died on August 12.
“Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend,” her rep said in a statement at the time.
The Daytime Emmy winner, who shared sons Homer, 20, and Atlas, 13, with Coleman Laffoon and James Tupper, respectively, will be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
The Tony nominee’s children selected the location, telling Page Six in a statement last month that the site is “beautiful, serene, and she will be among her Hollywood peers.”