Posted 55 days ago
A crowdfunding campaign for the victim living in the home where Anne Heche reportedly drove her Mini Cooper into and sparked a devastating blaze in Mar Vista, California, on Friday, raised $45,000 in one day.
Neighbors banded together and organized a GoFundMe campaign to help Lynne Mishele after she "very narrowly escaped physical harm" when Heche's vehicle crashed into the house and caused a fire, which took 59 firefighters to extinguish and landed Heche in the hospital.
While Lynne escaped unharmed, her home was "immediately red-tagged" and she "lost her entire lifetime of possessions" in the ordeal, which happened minutes after Heche careened into a garage door in an apartment complex down the street.
More than 770 individual donations poured into the site, which had a goal to raise $100,000 for the "kind and generous person" who was left without a home following the incident, where Heche was pulled out of her car and taken to an area hospital. She's still listed in "stable" condition.
"Lynne lives with her beautiful pups Bree and Rueban, and tortoise Marley 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," the campaign said.
"Even more distressing is that Lynne lost her entire lifetime of possessions, mementos, all equipment for her business including her laptop and iPad, all of her clothing and basic necessities, and all household items. With firefighters' help, she was able to pull a few damaged sentimental belongings from the wreckage. Everything else is gone."
Heche "drank vodka" with "wine chasers" during a "Better Together" podcast recording with co-host Heather Duffy, which was posted hours before the fiery collision. The Apple podcast was published on Friday and then removed from the platform. It's unclear when the episode was taped.
Heche joked that listeners would have to keep their "fingers crossed" that the pair would even be able to make it through the recording together.
"We each have a bottle in front of us because our friends sent us a bottle [of] Re:Find!" she said before admitting she once "did a terrible commercial" for the brand.
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, sometimes days just suck, and I don’t know if you ever have them, but some days Mama says are … some days are those no good 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."... (Read more)