Tuesday, 27 Jul 2021

Who are the Smithy Family and who set fire to their house?

Welling: Nick Smith discusses Smithy Family house fire

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Police are investigating the suspected arson of the Smithy Family’s house in southeast London on Wednesday night. More than 20 firefighters from the London Fire Brigade were called to the scene of the fire. The family managed to escape the blaze and there were no injuries.

The London Fire Brigade said flames appeared to spread to the house from a burning car on the driveway.

The fire service said: “We were called to reports of a car alight that had spread up the outside of the house.

“There were a number of mobility scooters parked outside which had caught alight and were producing a large amount of smoke and flames.

“Everyone was out of the building before we arrived, and crews worked incredibly hard to prevent further damage to the inside of the property and to neighbouring properties.”

Who are the Smithy Family?

The Smithy Family shot to fame on video app TikTok, gaining 2.5 million followers.

The family, which includes father Nick, his partner Jess and their three children, regularly post videos of their daily life during the lockdown.

The family became so successful on the app that Mr Smith gave up his job as a bricklayer to focus purely on his social media work.

Who set fire to the Smithy Family’s house?

Police said the cause of the fire is currently being investigated and so far no one has been arrested.

Police said in a statement: “Officers and the London Fire Brigade attended and the fire was extinguished at approximately 00:30hrs.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation. There have been no injuries.

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“No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.”

Speaking after the fire broke out, dad Nick Smith said the people behind the fire “could have killed our family”.

He said: “We all got out the house OK, the kids are fine… the dogs are OK. The house is not OK. The kids are at a safe place.

“To the people who have done this, you could have killed our family and not only our family, my neighbours, my friends. It’s unforgivable.”

Speaking to the MailOnline on Thursday night, Mr Smith said the fire followed “three months of stress” for the family.

He said: “We’ve had threats online, we’ve had people come by and smash the windows of the car and on the house, people have been delivering takeaways to the house as well as prostitutes.

“This is the last straw, I think, I can’t move my family back here after this. I’m tired of it all.”

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