The woman whose Los Angeles home was destroyed when Anne Heche ran over it and caused a violent accident “was extremely lucky” to survive – but “lost her entire life of possessions”, according to neighbors.
Lynne Mishele was in another section of her Mar Vista home when the troubled actress crashed his Mini Cooper on Friday, setting off a fireball that took nearly 60 firefighters more than an hour.
The professional organizer “was in shock” even before noticing the wrecked car, which had careened “almost the entire length” of the house, her neighbor, Lynne Bernstein, tell people.
“I don’t think she understood what was going on. She said, ‘What happened? What happened ? Bernstein told the magazine, saying her neighbor was “extremely lucky” to have escaped.
Her neighbor and her pets – two dogs, Bree and Rueban, and a turtle, Marley – were “extremely lucky” to survive unharmed, their neighbor said.
A fundraising online set up by neighbors also insisted that “Lynne and her family narrowly escaped physical injury”.
“The house, however, was completely burnt down,” said the fundraiser, which shared footage of the house’s burnt ruins.
The house was “immediately red-tagged” – meaning declared unfit to occupy – forcing Mishele to “leave the place she loves”, the fundraiser said.
“Even more distressing is that Lynne has lost her entire life of possessions, memorabilia, all of her business equipment, including her laptop and iPad, all of her clothing and basic necessities, and all of the household items,” the neighbors said.
“With the help of firefighters, she was able to remove some damaged sentimental effects from the wreckage,” the fundraiser said, sharing images of a handful of photos – some burnt – lined up outside.
“Everything else is gone,” he said.
The fundraiser called Mishele a “kind and generous person” who “is always the first to offer help to others”.
“Today we’re asking the community to come together and help Lynne start over,” said the fundraiser, which as of early Monday had raised $53,340, more than half of the fundraising goal. $100,000.
The firefighters confirmed on Friday that the accident vehicle “came to a standstill inside” the house, “causing a structural compromise and exploding in heavy fire.
In a statement, the department noted how “59 firefighters took 65 minutes to access, contain and completely extinguish the stubborn flames in the heavily damaged structure.”
The police, meanwhile, confirmed to CNN that they were investigating Heche for a “misdemeanor hit-and-run” just before the main crash.
She had been filmed earlier crashing into a nearby garage, with a video shared by TMZ capturing the sound of her tires screeching as she ignored calls to get out of the car and fled instead .
Alarming videos later emerged capturing the roar of Heche’s blue Mini racing through quiet suburban streets before the crash. Police confirmed on Sunday that they would investigate whether the drink or drug played a rolepointing out that this was routine in such cases.
Heche, 53, is in stable condition. A source close to her told CNN that the actress is also “lucky to be alive.”
“She has severe burns and has a long recovery ahead of her,” the source said.
“His team and his family are still trying to figure out what led to the accident.”