TRAPPED IN AN INFERNO: Anne Heche was burning alive and choking on smoke in LA crash for 45 minutes
The firefighters reportedly took 25 minutes to locate Heche trapped inside her burning car and another 20 minutes to pull her out to safety
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Late actress Anne Heche reportedly suffered for almost an hour before being rescued as firefighters could not pull her out of the burning vehicle. Heche was said to be burning alive and choking on smoke for a long time. The actress was involved in a horrific tragedy when she crashed her car into a Los Angeles home that caused a fire and left her vehicle beyond recognizable.
As per the recordings provided by LAFD to the NBC4 I-Team under the California Public Records Act, the 53-year-old actress reportedly suffered for a whopping 45 minutes before the rescuers could start first aid. The shocking data explains how the firefighters took 25 minutes to locate the 'Volcano' actress and another 20 minutes to pull her out and bring her to safety. LAFD Deputy Fire Chief Richard Fields told the I-4 Team, "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. Heavy smoke conditions, heavy fire conditions, which makes it very difficult for us to just see each other on the inside of a working structure fire."
The actress was driving her Mini Cooper in the Mar Vista section of LA when she crashed into a home that led to this tragic fate. After a battle that went on for nine days, the actress was taken off life support and declared dead after suitable organ recipients were identified by health officials. Heche was high on cocaine as the drug was reportedly found in her bloodstream after the crash. It was suspected that she was drinking as she was pictured with a bottle of vodka in her car.
Anne Heche suffered for 45 minutes after the car crash
The recordings reveal that the first LAFD engine arrived at the scene at 11.01 am and within seconds the dispatchers shared the discovery of a person trapped in the vehicle that had crashed. The dispatcher said, "There is a person stuck inside the vehicle," so the paramedics rushed to treat a woman who was found in the home, and soon realized that it was not the driver of the car. Fields added, "The patient that was identified initially, was the person that was in the home."
A firefighter revealed at around 11.25 am that they had found the driver saying, "We have identified one patient, inaccessible at this time, he’s pushed up against the floorboard!" Deputy Chief Fields explained that the patient, Heche, was not in the driver's seat as she had collapsed below the front seats of her Mini Cooper. He said, "I will say that that where the person was in the vehicle was not in the driver's seat, but on the floorboard of the passenger seat." He continued, "I would imagine, just based on some of the very experienced officers that were initiating the firefight, that they made the best effort they could to try to identify that someone was in the vehicle. Our firefighters were doing everything."