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Kate Winslet Saved Richard Branson's Mother from Necker Island Fire

Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 12:02 PM

Kate Winslet saved Richard Branson’s mother from a fire that broke out yesterday, engulfing his Caribbean house, reports Ok Magazine
The $70 million mansion was struck by lightning which ignited the flames. Winslet quickly stepped up and picked Branson’s mother up, carrying her to safety.
“I was on the island. I was woken up with people screaming,” Branson told CBS News. “I was in the house right next door to the Great House (about 10 yards away) and looked over, saw the whole house engulfed in flames, and just ran stark naked to the house to try to get people out. I had my daughter, my mother, lots of nephews and nieces . . . Obviously, the first priority was to rescue everybody, and fortunately, everybody got rescued.”
Branson went on to say that Kate helped rescue his mother, recounting, “My mother’s 90-years-old and, in order — although she can walk — in order to speed the process up, (Kate) picked my mother up and carried her, carried her out of the house, and so Kate helped rescue my mother.”
The house was completely destroyed in the fire along with photographs and a second autobiography that Branson was working on. Despite the losses, he told CBS News that having his family and friends safe is the most important thing.

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