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Kate Winslet and Family Escape Fire at Richard Branson's Home

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Kate Winslet and her children are very lucky to be alive!  They along with other guests escaped a fire at Richard Branson’s Caribbean home.

The actress and her family were staying at the Great House on Necker Island, Branson’s private island, when a huge blaze broke out at approximately 4:00 a.m. today.

The fire is believed to be caused by the severe weather conditions related to tropical storm Irene, which has been slamming the Virgin Islands.  Likely, lightening caused the fire.

“Kate Winslet, her boyfriend and her family were there and [my daughter] Holly and some of her friends were also staying,” said Branson, who was staying at a different residence on the island.

“My mother was there and they managed to get her out and she is fine.”

Branson wrote on his blog that Winslet saved his mother!  Branson wrote, “… many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90 year mum out of the main house to safety wondering when a Director was going to shout CUT!”

No one was hurt, fortunately, although Branson says the house is “completely destroyed.”

Photo: PacificCoastNews.com

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