Kate Winslet Breaks Silence on Near-Fatal Island House Fire

Celebrity News Aug. 29, 2011 AT 7:14PM
Kate Winslet Breaks Silence on Near-Fatal Island House Fire Credit: ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

She survived a huge calamity onscreen in Titanic -- and in real life, Kate Winslet, along with her kids and boyfriend, escaped a catastrophic fire with her life last week.

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The Oscar-winner, 35, made headlines early last week when it was revealed that she was among the 20-plus folks who made it out alive after the huge Necker Island home of Sir Richard Branson caught fire. Winslet, her kids Mia, 10, and Joe, 7, and model beau Louis Dowler got out, and she even carried out Branson's 90-year-old mother, Eve Branson, to safety.

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"I will never forget Richard placing his arms around both my children as we were watching the flames, and saying, 'At the end of the day, what you realize is that all that matters is the people that you love. Everything else is just stuff. And none of that stuff matters,'" Winslet told Entertainment Tonight.

After reportedly getting struck by lightning, the entire house burned down -- but no one was hurt or seriously injured.

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"I'm just glad that everyone is safe," Winslet said. "And this easily could not have been the case."

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