Kate Winslet Saves Granny Branson as Necker Island Catches Fire
We used to think Sir Richard Branson was untouchable with his death-defying stunts, jet-setting lifestyle and nonstop partying but last night, Branson and his family narrowly escaped a dramatic fire at the Great House on his 74-acre personal paradise, Necker Island.
While family (including Branson's 90-year-old mum), friends (including Kate Winslet) and staff escaped unharmed, the Great House building suffered substantial damage and is according to Branson's blog still burning:
We had a tropical storm with winds up to 90mph. A big lightning storm came around 4am 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 wondering when a Director was going to shout CUT!
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.
Is it wrong that our first thought about his notebooks was about plans for the forthcoming Virgin Hotels? Yes, probably very wrong. Nevertheless, we're happy Branson and co. is safe and we hope Necker Island can be built up again.
In the meantime, if you had plunked down about $25,400 for a vacation on Necker Island this year during one of the Celebration Weeks or if you've planned on renting the island out, you should be expecting a call momentarily from Virgin Limited Edition reservations. Maybe there is another private island available for you somewhere else?
[Photo: Richard Branson's blog]