The American actress Anne Heche is reported to be in stable condition in hospital after crashing her car into a Los Angeles home.

In a statement to US celebrity publication People, a representative for the star said: "Anne is currently in stable condition."

"Her family and friends ask for your thoughts and prayers and to respect her privacy during this difficult time," they added.

The Los Angeles Fire Department had earlier reported that a vehicle struck a two-storey house in Los Angeles' Mar Vista neighbourhood on Friday morning local time, "causing structural compromise and erupting in heavy fire".

The female adult found in the car was "taken to an area hospital by LAFD paramedics in critical condition," it said.

US media confirmed initial reports by celebrity gossip publication TMZ that the woman inside the blue Mini was Heche.

The 53-year-old actress initially crashed into an apartment building garage before driving off, according to images collected by TMZ.

The same car later crashed into and "heavily damaged" the Mar Vista house.

The ensuing blaze took 59 firefighters 65 minutes to confine and fully extinguish, according to the fire department.

Heche's credits include the films Six Days, Seven Nights, Donnie Brasco and I Know What You Did Last Summer.

She is also known for her role on the soap opera Another World, for which she won a Daytime Emmy in 1991.

During the 1990s, she was in a high-profile relationship with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

Source: AFP