Police are investigating TikTok family house fire as suspected arson

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Photo credit: Instaram/ The Smithy Family
Photo credit: Instaram/ The Smithy Family

Police are investigating a fire in the home of TikTok stars The Smithy Family as suspected arson.

On Wednesday night, over 20 firefighters spent 90 minutes tackling the blaze at Nick Smith's home in south-east London. The London Fire Brigade said crews attended reports of a car alight and fire investigation dogs were used to "help identify any ignitable substances present".

The Met Police confirmed they are treating the cause of the fire as suspected arson.

Nick Smith, his wife and children are popular on TikTok, where they share videos about their daily lives.

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The Smithy Family account has more than 2.5m followers on the platform, where Nick describes himself as "a guy with ADHD who wants people to do well, spreads positivity and joy, and is a bit of an idiot with my family".

Posting on Facebook, Nick told fans he'd managed to get CCTV footage of his car being set alight. He said the footage shows "the two lads [with] a clear path to attack... you can see the intent. They've got a milk bottle full of accelerant, they've got a crowbar so they can try and wedge the door open so they can pour it through the top. The level they've done to to do this is unreal."

The video then went on to include the CCTV footage of the apparent attack and Nick has asked for anyone with information to contact the police.

Shortly after the fire, Nick began sharing updates with his TikTok followers, firstly letting them know his family all escaped the fire unharmed.

"We all got out of the house okay, the kids are fine. Teddy’s fine, Jack and Amy are fine. Me and Jess are fine. The dogs are okay. The house isn’t okay. The kids are in a safe place, Jess is in a safe place," he said.

"To the two people that have done this, you could have killed our family… it’s unforgivable," he added.

Following videos show Nick and his partner Jess thanking followers for their support, and going back into the family home to inspect the damage.

"I will rise up and put us back together - this is my promise to my family," Nick said.

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