Emmerdale's Tom King lies to Belle after fire drama

The following article references coercive control and domestic violence.

Emmerdale spoilers follow.

Tom King has lied to his wife Belle following a fire in their home in Emmerdale.

Thursday's (June 13) episode on ITV1 and streaming service ITVX found Belle having to fight off a blaze in her kitchen to save herself and Piper the Dog in dramatic scenes.

The dangerous situation occurred after Belle realised she'd been locked in at Dale Head. Belle got tired and decided to take a nap, thus forgetting she'd put food in the oven.

A teatowel soon caught fire, causing smoke and flames to engulf the kitchen. Belle suddenly was thrust into a dangerous situation since she couldn't escape the house.

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She was eventually able to put out the fire, shortly before a concerned Tom arrived home.

Tom was forced to think on his feet when Belle accused him of being a "control freak" and purposefully locking her in the house. The villain initially pretended he was hurt by the accusation, then set about trying to trick his wife.

Tom placed Belle's house keys in the cupboard to make her think she'd misplaced them all along.

Once Belle found her house keys, Tom made her feel guilty for blaming him. She promised she'd trust him if there was ever another similar situation, but Tom snapped back: "I'll believe it when I see it!"

The episode finished with Belle all alone, searching online for the nearest abortion clinic.

Belle has been uncertain all along about her pregnancy but especially felt trapped earlier this week when Tom started telling everyone the news much too early.

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During a prenatal appointment, nurse Wendy Posner questioned Belle on whether there was something wrong in her marriage, but Belle decided not to tell her about the emotional and physical abuse she's endured.

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.

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If you've been affected by any of the issues raised in this story, organisations including Refuge (www.refuge.org.uk), New Beginnings Peer Support (www.newbeginningspeersupport.com) and Women's Aid (www.womensaid.org.uk) can provide further support and information. The 24-hour, freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline is 0808 2000 247. The US National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or text LOVEIS to 22522.

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