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Amanda Bynes 'set pants on fire'

Amanda Bynes reportedly ran away from the fire she set before being placed under a 5150 hold.

The troubled actress has admitted to hospital for psychiatric evaluation this week, with a 5150 hold used. The legislation means people who are deemed to be a risk to themselves or others can be held for up to 72 hours without their consent.

Amanda was detained after she started a fire outside a home in the Thousand Oaks area of California on Monday night. There are reports the incident was more serious than initially thought as gasoline was involved and it's now been claimed the 27-year-old star was in danger of harming herself.

"I see this girl with her pant leg on fire and a gas can trailing fire through the driveway," eyewitness Andrew Liverpool told E! News.

"She was laying down right here trying to roll or do something to take off the fire from her pants. Her pants were on fire."

Andrew was coming home from work at around 8.45pm local time when he came across Amanda. He immediately stopped to help her and realised it was the star as she had on her trademark wig.

"I quickly pull over to go help her and when I got over here. She put the fire out on her leg and was rushing over to her dog," he recalled.

"I kicked the gas can over and moved it to the middle of the driveway so nothing else would catch on fire. And I said, 'Are you OK?' She was kind of frantic and discombobulated, and many people rushed over to try to assess the situation and when I looked back up, she was gone."

Another onlooker summoned help and Andrew went to look for Amanda - who had run off wearing her "charred pants". He found her a block away, where she was making a phone call and attempting to get a taxi.

"I told the driver, 'Don't let her in. There's a fire,'" he explained. "I tried stopping her and she was like, 'Please don't touch me, don't move.' [Then] she got in and [the driver] just took off. Squad cars chased after her and I don't know what happened next."

The 5150 legislation is the same used on Britney Spears when she suffered her public meltdown. She was then made the subject of a conservatorship, which means other people make her personal and professional decisions. It has been widely claimed that Amanda's family want the same for her.

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