Los Angeles Times. Heche, 53, appeared to be “under the influence” and “acting erratically,” L.A. Fire Department officials told the paper.It took firefighters over an hour to contain the blaze.

The homeowner was in the backyard and escaped injury.Heche and DeGeneres were together from 1997 to 2000 and were a high-profile couple.

They appeared together on Oprah Winfrey’s show and many others. Their breakup was very public, amid reports that Heche was wandering disoriented along a road in central California and went into a stranger’s home.