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Kate Winslet Helps Rescue Richard Branson's Mom From Fire

Richard Branson says Kate Winslet (photosKate Winslet photos) helped rescue his elderly mother from a fire that destroyed his home at his luxury island retreat.

"Around 20 people were in the house and they all managed to get out and they are all fine," the Virgin founder says.

"We had a tropical storm with winds up to 90 mph. A big lightning storm came around 4 AM and hit the house."

"My son Sam and nephew Jack rushed to the house and helped get everyone out and many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90 year mum out of the main house to safety - she was wondering when a Director was going to shout CUT!"

The Oscar-winning actress was staying in an eight-bedroom house on Necker Island with her 10-year-old daughter, 7-year-old son and her boyfriend Louis Dowler.

"The main house is destroyed and the fire is not yet completely out. My office was based in the house and I have lost thousands of photographs and my note books which is very sad. But all family and friends are well - which in the end is all that really matters," adds Branson.

"We will rebuild the house as soon as we can. There's a lot of damage but we'll create something even more special out of the ruins."

August 23, 2011 |

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