Actress Amanda Bynes was placed on a psychiatric hold Monday night
after she allegedly started a fire in front of a Thousand Oaks home, officials
About 8:45 p.m. Ventura County firefighters and sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance involving a fire in the 200 block of Avenida de los Arboles.
Firefighters put out a small blaze in the driveway of a home and deputies determined that Bynes, 27, needed to be taken in for a mental evaluation, said Sgt. Eric Buschow.
There was no connection between Bynes and the home where the fire was started, but she apparently has family in the area.
A person can be held on a 5150 hold for up to 72 hours during which mental health professionals will make an evaluation on how to best to proceed, Buschow explained.
Bynes is not expected to be charged with any crime.
Bynes appeared in a New York court earlier this month for a May incident when she allegedly threw a marijuana bong out of her Manhattan apartment window. She was charged with reckless endangerment and attempted tampering with physical evidence and is scheduled to appear in court again on Sept. 26.
Bynes was born in Thousand Oaks and graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 2004, according to her biography on IMDB.com.
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