The kettle's on: Londoners offering hot drinks to those affected by Parsons Green explosion
Londoners have offered to “put the kettle on” for people affected by the explosion in Parsons Green.
Social media has been awash with people offering a comforting hot drink to those caught up in the aftermath.
Emergency services were alerted at 8.20am on Friday to an explosion on a District Line Tube at the south-west London station.
Witnesses reported seeing several people hurt and “covered in blood” after a “flash and a bang”.
As the station was evacuated and hordes of people flooded the area, Katy Dunn posted on Twitter: “If anyone is feeling shocked or confused at #ParsonsGreen, I’m round the corner and the kettle’s on”.
James Edge tweeted: “Anyone who’s now stuck in Parsons Green/Fulham drop me a line and I’ll get the kettle on! #ParsonsGreen”.
Chelsea and Fulham Dentist, a five-minute walk away from the Tube station, also offered people a place to shelter.
Dentist Dahlia Sunba, who co-owns the practice with her husband, said: “I could see people wandering around aimlessly. We can see helicopters overhead. It’s a little bit unnerving and people look slightly distressed.
“We have tea and coffee and biscuits. We’re more than happy to give them a cup of tea or coffee. There’s lots of plug sockets if they need to charge their phone or make a call.”
On Facebook, Antonia Pugh-Thomas who owns her self-named shop in Fulham Road, said: “Thank you to everybody who has checked in to see that we’re okay in the shop as the Parson’s Green bomb drama unfolds. We’re safe.
“There is extensive police activity outside in Fulham Road and directly beside the shop. I’ve just offered the police use of our kettle and lavatory. At times like these a cup of tea and a wee help, I feel.”