In Los Angeles After actor Anne Heche crashed into a house on August 5, firefighters were unable to start performing lifesaving procedures on her for 45 minutes.

Heche, 53, was taken off of life support on August 14 and passed away nine days after the catastrophic collision.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Richard Fields of NBC Los Angeles, "Given the severe fire and smoke conditions, it wasn't that you could clearly see into the truck or obviously be able to approach it."

On the inside of a working structure fire, he said, "Heavy smoke conditions, heavy fire conditions, which makes it very difficult for us merely to see one other."

The Los Angeles County medical examiner said last month that Heche, who was famous for her work in "Donnie Brasco" and other movies, died of inhalation and heat burns.

The first fire engine arrived on the site at 11:01 a.m., according to the recordings provided to NBC Los Angeles.

The dispatcher announced, "There is a person trapped inside the car."

The records show that at 11:18 a.m., one of the firefighters battling the blaze radioed that nobody else was present.

Fields said that the patient, later identified as Heche, had passed out beneath the front seats of her Mini Cooper.

Heche received initial care at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital before being moved there for more specialised treatment.