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Firefighter recordings reveal new details of Anne Heche’s rescue attempt after car accident

Firefighter recordings reveal new details of Anne Heche’s rescue attempt after car accident
Firefighter recordings reveal new details of Anne Heche’s rescue attempt after car accident

Firefighters were unable to locate actor Anne Heche for more than 20 minutes and it took another 20 minutes to pull her car out of a burning building to save her, according to fire department records.

A time-stamped radio communication from the Los Angeles Fire Department, provided to NBC Los Angeles under the California Public Records Act, recorded the initial dispatcher reporting a person trapped in the car, but later recordings showed only one patient had been treated initially – a woman who was inside the house at the time of the accident.

When one of the incident commanders asked for further clarification on the driver, he was told that there were no more patients. It wasn’t until 24 minutes after the first fire truck arrived on the scene that Heche was discovered by a firefighter “pushed against the floor” of the car.

Heche’s Mini Cooper would have accelerated out of controlbroke into a home in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles and caught fire on August 5.

The 53-year-old man had life support was retired and died on August 14nine days after the crash.

Deputy Fire Chief Richard Fields told NBC Los Angeles: “Given the intense fire and smoke conditions, it was not that you could clearly see into the vehicle or access it clearly.”

He said: “(There were) intense smoke conditions, intense fire conditions, which makes it very difficult for us to see ourselves inside a working structure fire.”

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Heche has won an Emmy and performed with stars like Johnny Depp. Photo: AP

Heche – who starred in the films Donnie Brasco, Wag The Dog and I Know What You Did Last Summer – died from inhalation and thermal injuries, the Los Angeles County medical examiner said last month. His death was ruled accidental.

After Heche’s death, his eldest son, Homer Laffoon, 20, filed court documents to take control of his estate. Heche had no will, and Laffoon and his 13-year-old brother Atlas are Heche’s only heirs.

At the time of the crash, which happened around 10:56 a.m., firefighters said it took firefighters 65 minutes “to access, contain and completely extinguish the stubborn flames in the heavily damaged structure and save a woman adult found in the vehicle”.

According to recordings broadcast on NBC Los Angeles, the first fire truck arrived on the scene at 11:01 a.m., and within seconds dispatchers radioed that a person was trapped in the car that had crashed into the House.

“There is a person trapped inside the vehicle,” the dispatcher said.

However, when paramedics arrived, firefighters ordered them to treat the resident of the house, not the driver of the car. Later recordings showed firefighters saying no other patients were inside the house.

But it wasn’t until later – about 25 minutes after the initial crash – after an incident commander asked if there was a patient in the car, that a firefighter said he had found the driver.

The firefighter, who at this stage was unable to tell if the person in the car was male or female, said: “We have identified a patient, unreachable at this time. He is pushed against the floor!”

Deputy Fire Chief Mr Fields told NBC News that Heche collapsed under the front seats of his Mini Cooper.

After confirming that Heche was still alive, firefighters used a heavy-duty tow truck to haul the car from the burning house, then pulled it from the wreckage for treatment.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said the inquest into the death was not yet finalized.

Heche was first treated at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center before being transferred for specialty care at West Hills Hospital’s Grossman Burn Center. She was in a coma, her rep had said.

The fire department said that even if Heche’s presence in the crashed car had been confirmed immediately, it’s unlikely firefighters would have reacted differently.

An after-action presentation prepared for fire department personnel noted that it took 30 minutes to fight the fire to the point where a rescue could be made.

Deputy Fire Chief Mr Fields told NBC News: “I would imagine, based on some of the very experienced officers who started the shooting, that they did their best to try to identify that someone was in the vehicle. Our firefighters did everything.”

A spokesperson for Heche and a representative for Homer Laffoon declined to comment to NBC News.

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Heche, left, and Ellen DeGeneres, right, in 1999

Winner of a 1991 Daytime Emmy Award for her role as identical twin sisters on the NBC soap opera Another World, Heche starred in the adventure comedy Six Days, Seven Nights with Harrison Ford in 1998 and starred opposite Demi Moore. and Cher in the HBO TV movie. If these walls could talk.

She became one half of Hollywood’s most famous gay couple at the time when she dated comedian and actress Ellen DeGeneres.

Heche was born in Aurora, Ohio on May 25, 1969, and was the youngest of five children.

At 13, she was shocked by her father’s death from AIDS and the revelation that he had been having secret homosexual relationships.

His brother Nathan died three months after their father in a car accident.

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