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TikTok influencers slammed for ‘buying jet ski’ after fans raise money

Tributes are flooding Twitter for The Smithy Family who took to TikTok last night to reveal that their house had burned down in a huge fire. After the family where attacked with a firebomb in Welling If you???re on TikTok, you definitely will have heard of The Smithy Family. The British family from South London consists of former builder and dad Nick, his partner Jess and their four children who all make funny videos and have racked up over 2.5 million followers. They???re usually known for their lighthearted, comedic skits, but this week they???ve revealed some terrible news. n the early hours of Thursday morning (July 15th), Nick Smith took to TikTok to reveal some devastating news. After receiving harassment for months, their family home in South London was set on fire, but thankfully they all got out and no one was injured. ???So I???m doing this video as people already uploaded videos of the fire. We all got out the house ok. The kids are fine, Teddy is fine, Jack and Amy are fine, me and Jess are fine, the dogs are ok. The house ain???t ok,??? he said before revealing that everyone was at a ???safe place???. ???To the two people that done this and could???ve killed our family, and not only our family and our neighbours, but my friends, it???s unforgivable,??? he added. Nick accused two specific people for purposely setting the house on fire, but at the time of writing this, it is unknown who these people are. In a second video uploaded to TikTok just minutes later, Nick shared clips of the devastation that the fire had caused. He walked past a number of fire vehicles and showed that the road had been closed off before showing his family home which was completely black and covered in ash. In a third video, Nick then showed himself sleeping in his car outside the house, and despite the tragic events of the night, uploaded his usual good morning message to his fans. ???I can???t not do it, it just ain???t in me not to do it, but good morning b

The Smithy Family’s home burned down in a suspect arson attack. (Photo: UkNewsinPictures)

The Smithy Family, a popular family of influencers on TikTok, have been criticised for buying a jet ski after their fans raised over £50,000 to help fix their home.

The family’s house in Welling, South-East London caught fire after their car was set alight with a milk carton filled with petrol in early July.

Though the family were all unharmed, they said that the house was unliveable.

Fans raised £50,000 through a GoFundMe page that was set up to help the family.

But supporters were angry after Nick Smithy posted a video to their TikTok page showing him laughing while riding around on a jet ski.

In the video, Nick says: ‘To the people that are so caught up in my life, so anxious about what I am doing or how I am spending my money, when you’re not focusing on your own life we’ve gone through hell and back.

‘We’re still smiling. We’re still pushing forwards, we’re still working, we’re still earning money and we’re still smiling and enjoying life,’ he continued.

TikTok users were extremely disappointed in the video, with one user writing: ‘He’s laughing at everyone who donated to him.’

Another said, ‘Wow I regret donating now. Actually can I have my 50 quid back please?’

A third said, ‘Couldn’t pay for house renovations but can buy a jet ski! Feel sorry for all the people who donated to the GoFundMe page.’

Tik Tok influencers slammed for buying jet ski after fans raised money for them

The video on Tik Tok showed Nick Smithy on a jet ski. (Photo: Emily Manley/TikTok/SmithyFamily)

In another video today, the family explained that a large sum of the money donated will be given to various other fundraisers and charities.

They told their fans, ‘As you know, £47,000 was raised in our name after the fire. We’re very appreciative and thankful for everyone that donated. Even though we did’t ask for this, we are passing this on to other causes and charities.’

They donated £13,000 to a family in Croydon that lost their belongings in a fire, as well as £6,900 to the MS Society, and an unknown amount to Azaylia Foundation, which supports families who need treatments that are not available on the NHS.

The fire at the Smithy Family’s home is a suspected arson attack, with the Metropolitan Police launching an investigation into the incident.

They have asked for witnesses and anyone with information to contact the police on 101.

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