Eyewitnesses report seeing gasoline tank on fire outside California house
Placed under 5150 mental evaluation hold lasting up to 72 hours
Ignited her trouser leg and had pet dog with her at time of incident
Her parents Rick and Lynn reportedly may seek conservatorship but must act quickly
Amanda moved back to Los Angeles 'because she was broke'
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Amanda Bynes, pictured in July in New York City, has been placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold after allegedly starting a fire in a residential driveway in Thousand Oaks, California
Amanda Bynes ignited her trousers and screamed her dog had been burned after allegedly starting a fire on Monday night in a residential driveway.
The 27-year-old actress was found by sheriff's deputies about 9pm standing near the fire burning at a house in Thousand Oaks, California, said Captain Don Aguilar of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday.
The sheriff's department and fire department both responded to an emergency 911 call of a gasoline tank fire in a driveway, Aguilar said.
Amanda, shown with her pet dog in July, was with a small dog at the time of the fire incident
The homeowner said deputies later identified the woman as Amanda and said she had burned a part of her own clothing.
'It sounded like her clothing had been sort of singed,' the resident told TMZ.
A passerby named Andrew Liverpool said he was driving along when he saw a woman with her 'left pant leg on fire' and after he pulled over saw the woman grab her small dog.
Amanda tried to leave in a taxi, but Liverpool said he kept the cab from leaving.
'She was really frantic and she was like "my dog has been burned,"' Liverpool said.
A male caller to 911 reported a piece of cloth burning on a gasoline tank on a driveway and a second female caller confirmed a gasoline tank and fire, according to a report in TMZ.
Amanda was questioned by Ventura County Sheriff's Department deputies who determined she met the criteria for a psychaitric hold and she was detained, Aguilar said.
The 5150 hold is named after the California state code that allows for involuntary hospitalisation for a mental health evaluation.
A person can be held against their will for up to 72 hours under such a hold.
Deputies asked the homeowner if she knew a shorter woman with 'fuzzy blonde hair and carrying a chihuahua' or any reason why a person would set fire to her driveway, the woman told TMZ.
Authorities told the woman that a young lady carrying a 'little red gas tank' had lit a fire in her driveway.
Amanda shopped in a blonde wig and long T-shirt at Bloomingdales in Santa Monica hours before she was involuntarily hospitalised for a mental evaluation
Amanda's parents, Rick and Lynn, are considering going to a judge to seek conservatorship of Amanda, but must act to take legal control quickly before she is released from her psychiatric hold, a source told RadarOnline.
And according to TMZ, they are refusing to pay for the fire damage their daughter allegedly caused, saying: 'Amanda needs to pay for it.'
Amanda was born and raised in affluent Thousand Oaks, which is about 35 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
She was forced to return home to Southern California after she went broke and was unable to find a place to live in New York City, according to RadarOnline.
Amanda, shown in May in a New York City courtroom, has exhibited strange behaviour recently
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