Richard Branson's Necker Island Resort Damaged by Fire

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Necker IslandOne of the most exclusive private island resorts in the Caribbean, Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island lures its fair share of royals and celebrities dodging the spotlight, like Kate Winslet, who was staying in the 14-bedroom "Great House" when it caught fire yesterday morning. The star bravely carried Branson’s 90 year old mom to safety when it was damaged by fire caused by a lightning storm due to Hurricane Irene. The storm is currently roaring towards the coast of the Southeast United States with winds of 111 mph.

The British mogul described Winslet’s brave feat: "She said it's like being in a film set where you're waiting for the words 'cut' but they just don't come. So it was quite surreal for her to be in a real-life situation." Branson has vowed to rebuild the house as quickly as possible and to keep his wonderful staff employed.

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