TikTok's The Smithy Family – Arsonists hunted by police over devastating fire that gutted 'dream' home
21st July 2021

POLICE are hunting the arsonists who set fire to the Smithy Family's dream home in a shocking attack.

The TikTok stars were left "devastated" after their semi-detached house in South London was destroyed by the blaze.

Cops are investigating the cause of the fire – which is being treated as arson – after the house went up in flames on July 15 just after 10pm.

Detectives encouraged anyone with information to come forward as it is "vital" to piece together the attack in Welling.

It comes after the Smithy's shared CCTV footage of two hooded people approaching their Bexleyheath home and appearing to set fire to a Ford Mondeo on the drive.

No arrests have yet been made despite the incident being "well publicised" and one of the perpetrators seemingly setting his hand on fire in the process of the attack.

Although he is thankful his family made it out safely, dad Nick Smith has been crushed by the state of his charred home after forking out on renovations.


The TikTok star told the BBC of his despair after spending four months "and all of our hard-worked money" creating his dream home.

"The house is not okay," he said in a video to his more than 2.5 million followers on the video-sharing app.

The 33-year-old had previously worked seven days a week bricklaying before he found social media success.

He had to grab his daughters Isabella, 9, Amelia, 6, and his newborn baby boy when Nick realised his car was on fire.

After it quickly spread to the home, more than 20 firefighters battled to extinguish the blaze until 12.30am.

The family's soaring popularity online led to trolling and their address being leaked – seeing unwanted takeaways and even escorts sent to their home.

Detective Sergeant Danny Banks, from the Serious and Complex Investigations Unit, said: "My team of officers have been working around the clock to establish the circumstances of this incident.

"I thank everyone who has already come forward to police to assist with the investigation. We are following up all lines of enquiry and all allegations made to us. 

"Police remain in regular contact with the family and they are being kept up to date as to the progress of the investigation.

"My heartfelt sympathies go out to them during what has been an unimaginably difficult time. I thank them for their continued support as enquiries are ongoing.

"This incident has been well publicised and whilst we appreciate that the public wish to support the family, we ask that all information is provided to us directly. I also urge the public to refrain from undertaking their own investigations in relation to this case.

"We ask that anyone with information relating to this incident calls police on 101 or tweets @MetCC quoting CAD 8350/14July. No piece of information is insignificant. It is vital we hear from you."

To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers_uk.org.

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