Sir Richard Branson's $60 million home on private Island, Necker, destroyed by flames.

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet has been dubbed a hero by Sir Richard Branson, after carrying his elderly mother from his burning house on his private island of Necker.

The $60 million mansion was engulfed by flames after a storm hit the Carribean, yesterday morning.

Guests of the eight-bedroom house fled from the flames, after a lightning strike caused several explosions inside the property.

Staying with her son, the award-winning actress carried Branson’s ninety year-old mother from the scene, in order to get them to safety.

Branson’s daughter, Holly, had planned to marry at the Great House in November, but the tycoon is insisting that they will rebuild from the destruction, as soon as possible.