Kate Winslet rescues guest from burning $100 million dollar home

Real Estate Agent with David Wain Realty

Photos Courtesy of Virgin


British billionaire Richard Branson and actress Kate Winslet barely escaped a fire at the businessman’s private island on Monday. No one was injured in the blaze, but the nearly $100 million home on Necker Island is gone.

The house was struck by lightning on Monday morning as Hurricane Irene moved through the Caribbean. Kate Winslet, her two children and her boyfriend were among Sir Branson’s approximately twenty VIP guests for the week, and in the scramble to get everyone to safety Ms. Winslet reportedly swept the tycoon’s 90-year-old grandmother off her feet and carried her to safety.

Sir Richard Branson was staying in a Villa about 100 yards from the Grand House, and upon seeing the flames engulfing the main building he leapt out of bed and ran to make sure everyone was safe— without getting dressed. Sir Branson says his son Sam was instrumental in rescuing the guest’s from the fire, and was quoted in an interview with ITV saying of Ms. Winslet, “It was she who carried my mother out of the house. She said it was like being on a film set where you’re waiting for the words ‘cut’.”

The Branson family is already reportedly moving forward with high spirits, and the patriarch is determined to rebuild the property. His impetus probably comes from the fact that his daughter, Holly, has scheduled her wedding to shipbroker Freddie Andrews for November 20 at the island, and the efficient entrepreneur is not known for canceling any sort of plans.

In the meantime, the Branson family and their celebrity guests are staying at the Balinese-style villas scattered around Necker Island while the tycoon draws up plans for the rebuild. Hurricane Irene continues to move toward the United States, and will likely be the first hurricane to make landfall there in three years.


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Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
DPR Realty LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona

That's wealth -- when you watch a $100 million property burn down and simply say, we'll get to re-building it, straight away.

Have a good night!

Aug 31, 2011 11:18 AM
Mike Martin
(909) 476-9600 ~ - Fontana, CA
Realty Masters & Associates

Wow this is a crazy story it literally had me hooked from beginning to the end. I'm glad to hear that everyone made it out okay. But I think that they need to be better prepared if there is a next time. Because things could have gone a lot worse if the grandma hadn't of been rescued by Kate Winslet, she probably would'nt be here today. So thanks for the interesting information. Have a great day!

Aug 31, 2011 11:27 AM
Linda Blumenthal
631-819-2913 - Westhampton Beach, NY
NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR

Boy, Kate Winslet must have had a lot of practice being the heroine on movie sets to have reacted so quickly.  Good job Kate!

Aug 31, 2011 11:44 AM
Brian Geraghty
David Wain Realty, LLC - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Short Sale Expert, 954-790-2602

Hey Wain,

Your quite the celebrity real estate news hound. The activerain paparazzi!


Sep 07, 2011 02:00 AM
James A. Browning
Browning Real Estate School/REO Institute - International, IT
MRE REOCertified(R) SSCertified

Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Colorado; Spring is here in the Rocky Mountains

Apr 24, 2012 06:32 AM
Mary Hillerman
Crye-Leike Realtors® - Bentonville, AR

Great story, I hope thing are continuing to go well for you.  Have a great spring season.

Apr 10, 2013 10:20 PM