Lynne Mishele: Woman whose home Anne Heche crashed into raises $45K in one day on GoFundMe
Fifty-nine firefighters took 65 minutes to access, confine, and fully extinguish the stubborn flames within Lynne's heavily damaged house
An online fundraising campaign for the victim living in Mar Vista, California, the home that Anne Heche allegedly crashed her Mini Cooper into on Friday, sparking a devastating fire, brought in $45,000 in a single day.
After Lynne Mishele "very narrowly escaped physical harm" as a result of Heche's car colliding with her home and starting a fire that required 59 firefighters to put out and put Heche in the hospital, neighbors came together and set up a GoFundMe campaign to aid her.
Despite the fact that Mishele was unharmed, her house was "immediately red-tagged" and she "lost her entire lifetime of possessions" as a result of the incident, which took place minutes after Heche crashed into a garage door in a nearby apartment building.
The website, which aimed to raise $100,000 for the "kind and generous person" who was left without a home after the incident, where Heche was pulled out of her car and taken to a nearby hospital, received more than 770 individual donations. Her condition is still listed as "stable."
The campaign stated: "Lynne lives in the Mar Vista home that was destroyed this week by a car driving into the home at a high rate of speed, catching the house on fire. She has two adorable pups named Bree and Rueban, as well as the tortoise Marley. What makes Lynne's loss of all of her belongings—including mementos, all of her business equipment, including her laptop and iPad, all of her clothing and essentials, and all household goods—even more upsetting. She was able to extract a few damaged sentimental items from the debris with the aid of the firefighters. The rest is no longer there."
Heche and co-host Heather Duffy "drank vodka" with "wine chasers" in an episode of the 'Better Together' podcast that was released hours before the fiery collision. The Apple podcast was released on Friday before being taken down. When the episode was filmed is unknown.
Listeners would have to "keep their fingers crossed," Heche joked, that the couple would even be able to finish the recording. Before acknowledging that she once "did a terrible commercial" for the company, she exclaimed, "We each have a bottle in front of us because our friends sent us a bottle [of] Re:Find!" Duffy added that a doctor told the duo "that we should be drinking vodka instead of wine."
"And we listened! And we are drinking it—with wine chasers," Heche said, while seemingly slurring the name of the podcast.
She also admitted in the podcast: "Today’s been a very unique day. "I don’t know what happened, but sometimes days just suck, and I don’t know if you ever have them, but some days are those good and some very bad days. And I don’t know why some days just end up like this, and things don’t really rock me like that."
Before the fire broke out, residents of the neighborhood told TMZ that they attempted to help the actress get out of her car before she crashed into a garage door, reversed out of a parking lot, and left the scene. A few minutes later, the "Donnie Brasco" actress plowed her car into a house, setting the house on fire.
Video from the scene of the incident shows that she had burn injuries and was "conscious and breathing" when she was taken out of the car and put on a stretcher before suddenly sitting up as officers rushed her to an ambulance.
According to a statement released by the Los Angeles Fire Department, there was only one person inside the car when it collided with the 1952 two-story house. "Fifty-nine firefighters took 65 minutes to access, confine, and fully extinguish the stubborn flames within the heavily damaged structure and rescued one female adult found within the vehicle who has been taken to an area hospital by LAFD Paramedics in critical condition," the statement said.
A spokesperson for Heche did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital. Details of the collision were provided to Fox News Digital on Saturday by an eyewitness to Heche's incident in Los Angeles.
The witness, Lynne Bernstein, described the collision as "horrific" and claimed that while attempting to help Heche out of the mysterious Mini Cooper she was driving, he "barely breathed." "The smoke was just getting way too intense, we could hardly breathe," Bernstein said. "The smoke was making it difficult to see."
Before his wife heard Heche's car crash into their neighbor's home, Bernstein claimed that he and his wife saw a car traveling down their street at a "high rate of speed." Heche responded that she was not okay when his neighbor Dave asked if she was. When LAFD arrived on the scene, they inquired of the neighbors if anyone was inside and informed the first aid personnel that a woman was present.
Before realizing what had happened, the house's tenant told the group of people to "get out of my house" and then left the house through a side room. She described herself as "shocked" by what had happened.
Yaroslav Borets told Fox News Digital that the crash "scared the entire neighborhood." "Something we will always remember." According to Borets, his neighborhood "is not the kind where everyone knows their neighbor."