Original article from Kent Live
The Smithy Family have released shocking new CCTV footage following an arson attack on their home.
The family's car outside the house was set on fire at around 10pm on Wednesday night (July 14), and parents Nick and Jess Smith had to evacuate their daughters Isabella, 9, Amelia, 6, and their newborn baby boy.
Two people brought a milk bottle containing accelerant and a crowbar to wedge the car door open.
The family, who reside in Welling on the Kent border, are famous on TikTok and have a total of 2.6 million followers on the platform.
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The blaze spread quickly to the exterior of the semi-detached house, and even burned mobility scooters and contents of a skip in front of the property.
A new video has been released on The Smithy Family's Facebook page, and shows dramatic CCTV footage of how the damaging event unfolded.
Speaking to the fans, Nick Smith said: "We managed to get the CCTV footage and saw two people walking up and down the road, waiting for people to walk past.
"You can see the intent, they had a milk bottle full of accelerant, a crowbar to wedge the door open, the level they've gone to in order to do this is unreal.
"If anyone recognises the two people or their clothing items, I urge you, this cannot happen again – next time it could be someone that has died."
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 cause of the fire is under investigation by the brigade and Met Police.
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