Anne Heche was trapped in burning house for 45 minutes after fiery crash

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Anne Heche.
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  • Newly circulated fire department records show Anne Heche was trapped inside her vehicle for 45 minutes following her fiery crash.
  • The actor crashed her Mini Cooper into a Los Angeles home in August and died a little over a week later.
  • LAFD Deputy Chief Richard Fields says of the rescue mission: "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." 

Actor Anne Heche died in August, a little over a week after she crashed her Mini Cooper into a Los Angeles home, with the accident resulting in a fiery crash.

The star was later taken off life support, per her wishes.

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner ruled the Six Days, Seven Nights star's death an accident and said she died from inhalation and thermal injuries stemming from a car crash, while other "significant conditions" contributed to her death, including a "sternal fracture due to blunt trauma".

Newly circulated fire department records now show that the actor was trapped in her vehicle for around 45 minutes before being rescued.

NBC4 reports, citing timestamped audio file recordings of the Los Angeles Fire Department, that firefighters couldn't get to Heche's car for at least 20 minutes, while it took another 20 or so minutes to access the vehicle from the burning home and get to Heche's body.

The timestamped recording reveals firefighters arrived on the scene at 11:01, while Heche's body, which was not in the driver's seat but collapsed below the front seat of her Mini Cooper, was pulled from the wreckage at 11:49.

"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," said LAFD Deputy Chief Richard Fields.

News24 previously reported Heche would be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Her son, Homer, said on his behalf and his brother Atlas at the time: "We are convinced our Mom would love the site we have chosen for her; it's beautiful, serene and she will be among her Hollywood peers.

"Most importantly, Hollywood Forever is a living place, where people attend movies and concerts and other events. She was our Mom, but the kindness and the outpouring of the past few days reminded us that she also belongs to her fans, to the entertainment community, and now, to the ages." 

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