The woman, whose Los Angeles home was destroyed when Anne Heche drove in and caused a fiery accident, “was extremely lucky” to survive – but has “lost all of her lifelong possessions”, according to neighbors.
Lynne Mishele was in another part of her Mar Vista home when the worried actress crashed her Mini Cooper inside on Friday, triggering a fireball that took nearly 60 firefighters more than an hour to fight.
The professional organizer “was in shock” before she even noticed the crashed car, which had driven “almost all the way through” the house, her neighbor Lynne Bernstein told 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 happy” to have escaped.
Her neighbor and her pets — two dogs, Bree and Rueban, and a turtle, Marley — were “extremely lucky” to survive unharmed, her neighbor said.
An online fundraiser set up by neighbors also insisted that “Lynne and her family narrowly escaped physical harm”.
“However, the house was completely burned down,” said the fundraiser, who shared images of the burned-out ruins of the house.
The house was “immediately marked in red” – meaning it was declared uninhabitable – forcing Mishele to “leave the place she loves,” the fundraiser said.
“More devastatingly, Lynne lost her entire life of belongings, memorabilia, all of the equipment for her business including her laptop and iPad, all of her clothing and basic needs, and all household items,” the neighbors said.
“With the help of the fire department, she was able to pull a few damaged sentimental items out of the rubble,” the fundraiser said, sharing pictures of a handful of photos — some burned — lined up outside.
“Everything else is gone,” it 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 make a fresh start,” said the fundraiser, which had raised $53,340 early Monday, more than half of the $100,000 goal.
Firefighters had confirmed on Friday that the crashed vehicle came to a halt “well inside” the home, “caused structural damage and erupted in a serious fire.”
In a press release, the department noted that “it took 59 firefighters 65 minutes to access, contain and completely extinguish the persistent flames in the badly damaged structure.”
Police, meanwhile, confirmed to CNN that they were investigating Heche for a “hit and run offense” shortly before the main crash.
She had previously been filmed crashing into a nearby garage, with video shared by TMZ capturing the sound of her tires squealing as she ignored requests to get out of the car and instead sped away.
Alarming videos then emerged to capture the roar of Heche’s blue Mini speeding through quiet suburban streets before the accident. Police confirmed on Sunday they would investigate whether alcohol or drugs were involved, stressing that it is 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 a long recovery ahead of her,” the source said.
“Her team and family are still trying to process what led to the crash.”
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