Kate Winslet praised for heroics after escaping fire at Richard Branson’s house

Oscar winner carries billionaire's mother from blaze

Actress Kate Winslet has been thanked by billionaire Richard Branson for her part in the safe evacuation of guests from his island home after a fire ripped through the property.

The Oscar winning actress was said to have lifted the Virgin owner’s elderly mother out of the house at 4am. Branson made a statement thanking her for her bravery:

Many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90-year-mum out of the main house to safety – she was wondering when a director was going to shout cut!

The star of Titanic and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind was on holiday with her family. She has recently finishing filming on Roman Polanski‘s Carange.

After a tropical storm hit the island, the fire arose when lightning hit the property located on Richard Branson’s own private island in the Caribbean. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Kate Winslet is currently set to star alongside Josh Brolin in an adaptation of the novel Labor Day by Joyce Maynard. Filming is due to begin in 2012.