Richard Branson Fire
August 23, 2011 by staff
In his blog, Branson Winslet credits with saving her 90-year-old mother of a fire that destroyed the main house of Necker, his private island in the BVI on Monday.
The fire is believed to have been caused by lightning from Tropical Storm Irene, which struck the Virgin Islands and moved to Puerto Rico on Sunday night and early Monday, becoming a Monday with winds of 130 km / h.
“Thanks to everyone for their kind messages after the fire of Necker,” Branson wrote in his blog. “We are thankful that everyone is well. About 20 people were in the house and all got out and are all well.”
Branson said he was in another property about 100 yards away with his wife, Joan, and his son Sam, 25.
The British businessman said his son and his nephew Jack ran to the main house and helped get everyone out, “and thank you very much for Kate Winslet to help carry my mother 90 years old out of the main house.”
Branson’s daughter, 29-year-old Holly, also emerged safely.
Winslet was Branson stay home with her boyfriend and their two children, marriages directors Jim Threapleton and Sam Mendes.
Branson said the eight-room house was “completely destroyed”, but thought that the reconstruction “as soon as possible.
“We all stay here for now,” he said. “There are a lot of damage and we will not be able to hold it back together again right away.”
Virgin said the cause of the fire was still being investigated, but lightning was the likely cause.
Branson, 60, bought the island in late 1980 and began construction of the Casa Grande in 1982. It has also developed an exclusive eco-resort on the island showing the renewable energy technology.
Winslet, 35, won fame after appearing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in James Cameron’s film Titanic director of Canada’s Oscar winning film. She won an Academy Award as best actress in 2009 for The Reader.
Winslet’s spokeswoman, Sara Keene, confirmed that the actress was on the island and was unharmed. Winslet said she had no comment.
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