Actress Kate Winslet Escapes Richard Branson's Caribbean Home Before It's Destroyed by Lightning-Related Blaze

First she escaped the Titanic. Now, Kate Winslet can say she cheated death twice, but the second time wasn’t fiction.

The Oscar-winning actress was among the roughly 20 people who managed to escape unscathed from billionaire Richard Branson’s The Great House on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands after the luxury home was struck by a bolt of lightning early Monday morning, according to reports from several media outlets.

According to the Associated Press, Branson, the famous Virgin Atlantic Chairman, said he was staying in another property around 100 yards (meters) away with his wife, Joan, and son, Sam.

According to, those who fled the flames, which were caused when Hurricane Irene passed over the island on its way to Puerto Rico, also included Branson's 90-year-old mother, Eve, and his 29-year-old daughter, Holly.

Branson said Sam managed to help evacuate Winslet and other guests from the house, according to the reports.

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