Neighbor Recalls Details of Amanda Bynes Fire-Starting Incident
UPDATE 5:20 P.M. PST: Celebuzz was able to reach the owner of the property where Amanda Bynes started the small fire: “It was a surprise at first because I thought it could be a hate crime or arson. When I found out who it was I was actually a bit relieved,” said Bonnie Braatan. “How she picked my driveway and my house, I don’t know.”
Braatan, who was in bed at the time of fire, spoke with police who “indicated that she (Bynes) was probably under the influence of something,” she added.
Now, the Thousand Oaks resident is faced with the damage to her driveway and may legally go after Bynes for any repairs: “I have to see how bad the damage is,” she said.
Amanda Bynes sure knows how to draw a unwanted crowd.
Luckily, her fire-starting in Thousand Oaks, Calif. only caused damage to a concrete driveway, thanks to a fast-acting neighbor who witnessed the explosive incident, Celebuzz has learned.
“I was working in the garage on my car and I heard an accident, an explosion. Boom!” neighbor Bruno Corsi told Celebuzz.
“I went outside and saw a fire on my next door neighbor’s driveway. Then I saw a lot of young kids, they didn’t know what to do and were asking for a hose or something,” he added.
“A plastic container of gasoline was on fire. It was almost gone… it spilled all over so the fire was in four different spots.”
Corsi says he used an extinguisher to put out the fire before the police arrived. But he fears it could have been much worse for his home and others located on the 200 block of Avenida de Los Arboles near where Bynes grew up.
“Next to my house is a big fence with a bush and that could’ve caught on fire,” he said.
Corsi added during the commotion there were a handful of neighborhood kids “screaming” to call the police, so he didn’t see the actress (or even know who she was until it made headlines this morning.)
“The police asked me if I saw anyone run away and I didn’t see anyone. She wasn’t there, maybe,” said Corsi.
According to Thousand Oaks Sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Buschow, the 27-year-old former child star was contacted by police down the street away from the scene. It was then that authorities placed her under a 5150 involuntary psychiatric hold for at least 72 hours.
It seems Bynes was busy getting into police run-ins last weekend, after was approached by authorities again in Thousand Oaks on Sunday outside a local retirement community after she allegedly tried to trespass, according to TMZ. Security accused her of being drunk and she eventually left in a taxi, which in true Bynes fashion also didn’t end well. The taxi driver reportedly kicked her out when she couldn’t pay for the ride: “Get me the f**k out of here,” she said. “I don’t have any money.” When she returned to the retirement home, police arrived, but she was not arrested.