The world may find out what, if anything, is wrong with former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes after she was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation in California.
According to the New York Daily News, Bynes, 27, is believed to have been involved in a small fire after Ventura County firefighters responded to a phone call about a disturbance around 8:38 p.m. at a stranger’s residence in Thousand Oaks.
Bynes has since been hospitalized on a 5150 hold, which is involuntary hospitalization for mental evaluation, TMZ added. She can be held for up to 72 hours.
"The fire was in a driveway of a single-family dwelling," Ventura County Fire Capt. Scott Dettorre told the Daily News on Monday. "There wasn't anything in the report to indicate it was a large fire."
"We did respond with an engine company," he said and also added the item burned was "a plastic gas can.”
Luckily for the unsuspecting homeowner, next door neighbor Bruno Corsi, 64, was there to dowse the flames with a small fire extinguisher. According to the Daily News, he heard a skidding car, an explosion and then saw a group of teenagers run away.
After the “boom” he grabbed his extinguisher and ran over and heard a girl yelling for someone to call 911. “At the first moment of the explosion, the flames were maybe 5 feet,” Corsi said. “When I went over, it was less and less. The gas was burning off.”
But the driveway wasn’t the only thing to be set ablaze. According to Los Angeles Times, Bynes accidentally set her pants on fire during the fiasco. Though she claimed to be fine, the same cannot be said for her dog, which was reportedly with her at the time of the fire. A witness told the LA Times her dog was burned.
Bonnie Braaten, who owns the home with the now-torched driveway, was just happy no one was hurt. She didn’t even know anything had happened until authorities rang her doorbell and alerted her to the vandalism.
TMZ caught up with Braaten to ask her about the incident. She said where officers arrived at her home “they asked if I knew a shorter lady with fuzzy blonde hair carrying a Chihuahua.” She didn’t know who Amanda Bynes was and didn’t say if she wanted the actress, who claims to be retired, to pay for the damage.
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