Winslet in June. - Fotonoticias/WireImage
Winslet was vacationing at Branson's $70 million private island home in the British Virgin Islands with her boyfriend (model Louis Dowler) and two children (with ex Sam Mendes) when the fire -- caused by lightning from Tropical Storm Irene -- destroyed the entire home.
Winslet and about 20 others were able to evacuate in time and were not harmed. Branson was staying in the house next door.
"Many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90-year mum out of the main house to safety," Branson blogged on Monday. "Around 20 people were in the house and they all managed to get out and they are all fine."
"We will rebuild the house as soon as we can," he continued. "We have a wonderful staff here and we want them to stay in work... There's a lot of damage but we'll create something even more special out of the ruins."
This seems to be the week of Celebrities We Love Doing Heroic Things in Real Life.
- Kate Winslet
- Richard Branson