Police hunting arsonists who burnt down home of TikTok stars the Smithy Family release CCTV image of Fiat Punto they think may be linked to attack
- Police have released image of car ‘linked to Smithy Family home arson attack’
- Family home in Welling, south-east London caught fire at night on July 14
- The Smithy Family decided to leave TikTok after the suspected arson attack
- Car is believed to be in Welling, Bexleyheath, Dartford or Greenwich
- No arrests have been made after the blaze in which nobody was injured
Police hunting suspected arsonists who burnt down the home of TikTok stars the Smithy Family have released a CCTV image of a light blue Fiat Punto they believe may be linked to the attack.
The Smithy Family’s semi-detached home in Welling, south-east London caught fire after their Ford S-Max was set alight with a milk carton filled with petrol between 10.30pm and 11pm on July 14.
Nick Smith and his family, who have 2.6million TikTok followers, claim their home was set alight because of their new-found social media fame, and believes they will never be able to live in the house again.
The family had decided to leave TikTok after the suspected arson attack, but have since rejoined the popular Chinese social media site. No arrests have been made after the blaze in which nobody was injured.
The Metropolitan Police have now released an image of a Fiat Punto, believed to be a Grande model, with a dent in the front-right wheel arch which may have been used in connection with the incident.
The car is believed to be in the south-east London area including Welling, Bexleyheath, Dartford or Greenwich, the force added.
Detective Sergeant Danny Banks, from the Serious and Complex Investigations Unit, said: ‘A team of officers have been diligently working to establish the circumstances of this incident.
Police hunting suspected arsonists who burnt down the home of TikTok stars the Smithy Family have released a CCTV image of a light blue Fiat Punto they believe may be linked to the attack
The Smithy family of TikTok stars, whose house was wrecked in a suspected arson attack
The Smithy Family’s semi-detached home in Welling, south-east London caught fire after their Ford S-Max was set alight with a milk carton filled with petrol between 10.30pm and 11pm on July 14
Exclusive footage shared with MailOnline shows the car of TikTok stars the Smithy Family on fire after it was set alight by suspected arsonists at their home in Welling, south-east London
The Smithy Family first gained notoriety on TikTok during lockdown.
Father Nick Smith and his partner Jess shared funny videos of their children Amelia, six, and Isabella, nine.
Jess’ half-brother Jack, 16, also appears regularly in the videos, as does Nick’s son Ben, 13.
He launched the account when his daughter said he was ‘too embarrassing’ to appear on her TikTok so had to create his own.
Mr Smith – who has ADHD – used his regular posting schedule of around 15 videos per day to keep him focused and in a steady routine in lockdown.
The family was so popular, Mr Smith was able to give up his job as a builder to do social media full time.
They share clips of family life, along with sketches. Their TikTok bio reads: ‘Life’s what you make it so make it good.’
Mr Smith has not revealed how much the family earn, but admitted the income from their Facebook page alone is more than what he made as a builder.
The Smiths also use their platform to raise money for charity.
They collected £60,000 worth of gifts for the Salvation Army over Christmas.
They now have 2.5million followers on TikTok.
‘I thank everyone who has already come forward to police. We are now focusing our investigation on the car pictured and wish to identify it as soon as possible.
‘If you recognise it, please come forwards and speak to us. No piece of information is too small and could significantly help us in our investigation to establish who is responsible for this attack.
‘We ask that anyone with information relating to the car or the incident calls police on 101 or tweets @MetCC quoting CAD 8350/14July. It is vital we hear from you.’
After the Smithy Family’s car was set on fire, neighbours came to their aid, helping carry their two daughters and baby boy over the back garden fence to safety.
Next-door neighbour Lisa, 50, a concierge, said: ‘I’ve known them since the day we moved in nine years ago. I was passing the kids over the back fence because they couldn’t get out the front door.
‘They have two daughter Isabella, nine, Amelia, six, and a little boy teddy who is just six weeks old. Bells was crying, carrying Teddy in her arms, so that will stick with her life.
‘If they didn’t have a back entrance they would never have got out. The house is completely black so I think they’ve been put in temporary safe accommodation.
‘It’s not the first time they’ve had trouble with haters or whatever you call them. He’s the first one to say he didn’t have the best childhood, but he did everything for his kids.
‘He’s a pest in a vest, but he doesn’t have a nasty bone in him and we’ve been living here nine, ten years. There’s a guy online claiming he put petrol in their bins, but we know it’s not him because it didn’t start there.
‘He’s a rough diamond, but he’s as good as gold.’
Barry Sissons, 75, a former HGV driver who lives a few doors down, said: ‘We were on the night just getting ready for bed and then we heard a Big Bang and looked out the window and saw the flames.
‘He normally has big skip outside full of wood so I asked if that’s what had caught fire, and they said no it’s the car.
‘I just feel sorry for the family really, it’s horrible and doesn’t make any sense. I think he’s quite an entrepreneur, always building things.
‘He built a big play area in the back garden and a swimming pool. Even the lady next door suffered and we felt the heat from the fire here.
‘The fire was higher than that hedge, so probably seven or eight foot flames. When it started, the children had to climb over the neighbour’s back garden fence.
‘Our shirts were getting covered in soot and it gets in your eyes.
‘We’ve been here 46 years so we know them, but the fire was so intense, you couldn’t go down there and help.
The Smithy Family first gained notoriety on TikTok during lockdown. Father Nick Smith and his partner Jess shared funny videos of their children Amelia, six, and Isabella, nine
The family was so popular, Mr Smith was able to give up his job as a builder to do social media full time. Above: Mr Smith and his children wear England shirts and face paint during Euro 2020
‘Two fire engines arrived and had to use an angle grinder to break through the gate up the street because none of us had the keys.’
Walking around his burnt-out house with his partner, Nick Smith said: ‘We’re trying to find the person who done it and there’s someone on Snapchat whose posted pictures of him on the night.
‘But there’s been multiple people doing it, trying to claim glory of burning our house down.
‘Jess, my partner, was born in this house and our three kids have grown up here, and now, no matter what happens, we’re not going to stay here, after everything that’s happened.
Mr Smith has not revealed how much the family earn, but admitted the income from their Facebook page alone is more than what he made as a builder
The family collected £60,000 worth of gifts for the Salvation Army over Christmas. They now have 2.5million followers on TikTok. Above: The family in one of their videos
‘We don’t see ourselves as famous or anything we’re just a family who’ve gained a bit of a following and we’ve been targeted.’
Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze after London Fire Brigade’s 999 Control Officers took 16 calls.
Sub Officer Tim Sammons, who was at the scene, 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.
‘Our fire investigation dogs also attended to help identify any ignitable substances present.’
The Brigade was called at 22:56pm and the fire was under control by 12.30am. Fire crews from Bexley, Plumstead and Erith fire stations attended the scene.
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