“A car just went through my neighbor’s house.”
That was the first thing a neighbor told the 911 operator after actress Anne Heche’s car crashed into a home on South Walgrove Avenue in Mar Vista on August 5.
The shocking audio released by TMZ on Tuesday shows the first moments after the crash as onlookers try to gauge the damage done. Neighbors can be heard screaming in the background of the call as the house catches fire and they realize a woman is trapped inside the blue Mini Cooper.
“The car drove into the house?” the operator asks the caller.
“Yes, about 10 feet into the house,” the man replies. He adds that the car went “very fast” because it entered the second room of the house.
The caller becomes more anxious to find that a fire has broken out, making it impossible for him to reach Heche in the car.
“Are you sure you can get next to the person sitting in the car?” the operator asks him.
“There’s a fire. It’s burning,” the man replies.
The operator tells him to leave the house and make sure everyone else can get out, then asks if it’s possible to get the person trapped in the car out.
“No,” replies the man. “It’s a big fire.”
It took 59 firefighters more than an hour to completely extinguish the fire in the house. Nobody in the house was hurt.
Heche was pronounced dead on Friday and police confirmed she was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the accident.
A law enforcement source told the Times that a blood test showed Heche had cocaine in her system after the crash.
Heche, 53, was treated at the Brossman Burn Center before her death.
“The news of Anne Heche’s death is devastating,” said Lynne Mishele, the woman whose home Heche crashed into, in an Instagram video. “Her family and friends and especially her children have truly suffered a great loss and my heart goes out to them. This whole situation is tragic and there really are no words.”
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-17/911-call-from-scene-of-anne-heche-crash-released 911 call from scene of Anne Heche crash released