Devastated Smithy family spent four months and all their 'hard-worked' TikTok money on dream home before 'arson attack'

A TIKTOK family spent "all of their hard-worked money" renovating their home before it tragically went up in flames in a suspected arson attack.

The Smithy Family have been left "devastated" after their semi-detached house in South London was destroyed by the blaze.

Despite being thankful his family made it out safely, dad Nick Smithy, 33, 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.

"Doing social media means I'm there for my kids and I'm enjoying their time and company and it's been wonderful and joyous.

"But it's also been devastating and and damaging," he said.

"We've come to the realisation that in the world of social media you're better off hidden."

Around 25 firefighters spent 90 minutes battling the flames on Wednesday night, that spread to the home after a car on the drive was set alight.

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Addressing the perpetrators, Nick said: "My six-week-old boy was behind those windows when you done that.

"If this had been done at 12 o'clock at night, we might not have got down them steps."

In another dramatic video assessing the damage, the father-of-three told how his daughters, aged six and eight, were sleeping in their bedroom when the blaze took hold

Getting tearful, Nick said: "My girls were in this room but that don't matter to you, does it?


"One of you filmed it while the other done it. I don't think you realise the consequences.

"It's my little girls' room. They've just got it how they want it."

But the former brickie remained grateful that his family had managed to flee unscathed as "there might have been seven dead people."

"For those 15 seconds of fun in your eyes, it could have taken away many years from my family."

Nick, who 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," shared his suspicions for the motivation behind the shocking attack.

He continued, "I love seeing people do well. We want to see other people prosper and do well and I know that there's some people in life that are struggling and they don't like it when other people are prospering or doing well."

The cause of the fire is now being investigated and there have been no arrests, but the dad defiantly vowed it would not stop him from sharing videos with his followers.

"I just want to be with my family, and I want to be safe, and I want to protect them, and we need to step back, to readjust, reassess and find out what the best way to move forward is.

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"At the end of the day, I'm not going to give up what's making us happy."

Nick Smith and his partner Jess found fame after sharing videos with their kids Jack, Amelia, Isabella and Teddy.

As well as clips showing sweet personal moments and pranks, the family also help out charities and collected around £60,000 worth of gifts for the Salvation Army over Christmas.

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