The woman who narrowly escaped death after Anne Heche’s car plowed into her house igniting a fire that destroyed her home and belongings gave a heartfelt message to the late actress’ family and friends.
Despite her own losses, Lynne Mishele expressed her sorrow on her Instagram page a few hours after it was confirmed that Heche had been taken off life support due to brain injury caused by smoke inhalation.
‘The news of Anne Heche passing is devastating. Her family and her friends and her children especially really have suffered a great loss and my heart goes out for them,’ she said. ‘This entire situation is tragic and there really are just no words. I am sending love to everyone involved.’
The previous day, Mishele thanked her supporters in a video posted on the GoFundMe page that was created on her behalf by neighbors and the owners of the house.
‘Hi everyone, it’s Lynne Mishele still recovering and trying to figure out up from down, but I did want to send a huge, huge thank you to everybody from all over the world for the overwhelming amount of love and compassion and generosity and kindness that people have shown over the past week.
Lynne Mishele, who was renting the home, was luckily in a different section of the house when the crash occurred and escaped unharmed
Heche’s blue Mini Clubman is thought to have been moving at a very high speed at the time of the collision
Firefighters pick their way through the charred debris of Lynne Mishele’s house after successfully extinguishing the blaze
Devastation is seen at Lynne’s house after actress Anne Heche plowed 30 feet into the property driving a Mini at high speed
‘With firefighters’ help, she was able to pull a few damaged sentimental belongings from the wreckage. Everything else is gone,’ according to the GoFundMe
Mishele’s dogs, Reuben and Bree, also luckily escaped the crash unharmed
‘It’s obviously been the most insane, traumatic time, confusing, so eventually I will try to get back to everybody and read everybody’s comments, but thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
‘It’s really truly overwhelming. You guys have really impacted my life in a very profound way, so thank you so much to everybody and I will keep you updated.’
Lynne went on to introduce her two cute dogs and tortoise, Marley, who’s currently staying with a friend.
‘Here’s Rueben and Bree and they just want to say thank you so much for cheering them on.’
In less than a week, Mishele has received more than $150,000 from over three thousand donations on the GoFundMe page.
Prior to the horrific crash, Mishele, who had been helping her dog heal from cancer.
Jennifer Durand, the owner of the home, created the GoFundMe with her husband to support their friend and tenant who ‘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.’
The page details how Mishele, who is referred to as a ‘kind and generous person’, narrowly escaped death following the horrific crash but was forced to look on as her property crumbled amid the brutal blaze.
Homeowner Jennifer Durand (pictured right) stands across the street from her home looking dazed and confused after the crash
Mishele can been seen trying to salvage what she could after the fire was put out
An interior shot shows the Mini Clubman’s airbag had blown out along with most of the decor being burnt through following the crash
Pictures and video showed her looking dazed at the wheel after the first crash, with a witness capturing her with a bottle with a red top on it in her car. It is not clear what was in the container but it looked like a vodka bottle
Firefighters enter the property as large clouds of smoke billow from the scene of the high speed crash
Heche can be seen being removed from the scene on a stretcher and taken toward a waiting ambulance
A GoFundMe page that has been set up for Lynne Mishele, pictured here on her Facebook page, has raised more than $50,000 in less than two days
Mishele’s neighbor. Lynne Bernstein. told People Magazine that her friend was ‘extremely fortunate’ to survive. She added: ‘So were the dogs and her turtle.’
Bernstein said Mishele was luckily in a different part of the home than where the crash occurred. She described her initial reaction to the crash, saying: ‘I don’t think she got what was going on.
‘She said, ‘What happened? What happened?” Bernstein also said that Heche’s car went ‘almost all the way through’ the home and ‘almost immediately’ burst into flames.
According to her LinkedIn page, Mishele is the founder of Creative Organization, a company that helps to organize ‘your home, your office and your life. We help you simplify everything!’
She describes herself as an ‘effective organizing professional with expertise in approaching organizing issues with a creative outlook.
‘An innovative organizer that has a proven track record with establishing successful systems for each individual client.’
Mishele says on her LinkedIn page she founded the company in 1993. Previously, she worked as a travel director at Citigroup and as a marketing associate for Sony Pictures.
The entrepreneur is a graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
While on her Instagram page, Mishele regularly posts self-help videos. A few days before the accident that destroyed her home, she posted a video titled: ‘Don’t leave a burden for your loved ones.’
In the video, she encouraged her followers not to leave things to loved ones after they die without asking them first if they want the items.