Haddon Heights Explosion Victim Gets Help From Coworkers

Raquel Nunn suffered second- and third-degree burns over half her body. She has no health insurance. Her friends at Ott's Greentop Inn in Berlin are coordinating some help.

California native Raquel Nunn moved to Haddon Heights only a few months ago, said her friend and coworker, Elizabeth Croker.

Nunn will be spending at least twice that amount of time in the hospital, as the young woman heals from the second- and third-degree burns that now cover nearly half her body, Croker said.

Nunn has no health insurance. 

Everything she owned was destroyed in the explosion that leveled the White Horse Pike apartment she rented, Croker said. 

"She doesn’t even have a toothbrush; she doesn’t even have anywhere to go home to," Croker said.

The severity of Nunn's injuries are such that "we’re not sure if she can actually wear clothes [right now]," she said. 

So Croker, a Collingswood resident and coworker of Nunn at Ott's Greentop Inn in Berlin, is working to organize some relief.

"So far we’re taking cash; we’re taking anything," she said. "We’ll take anything, and I’ll store it in my basement until she comes out [of the hospital]."

As Nunn's family flies in from California, Croker said, they are being made to wait 48 hours before they are allowed to visit her. By Sunday evening, when she spoke with Patch, not enough time had yet elapsed for them to visit.

Nunn is being kept sedated until then, Croker said.

In the meantime, Croker said, she's also been on the lookout for Nunn's all-black cat, Leo—"the love of her life."

She described Nunn as "absolutely one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever seen, inside and out.

"She’s a hard worker, an awesome friend, she’s loyal," Croker said of Nunn. "Customers love her. This was her family. We spend 40-50 hours a week together." 

Since the accident, "none of us have slept," Croker said. "We’re all trying to brainstorm [ways to help]."

On Sunday afternoon, the bar's Facebook status read:

Please keep our lovely bartender Raquel in your prayers. She still has a long road of recovery ahead of her. We are accepting donations every day and the fundraising information will be available soon.

Want to help? Croker can be reached through Ott’s Greentop: 856-767-3534.

Update, 12:43 p.m. Feb. 26: More supporters are setting up fundraisers and drives for the explosion victims, including Nunn. Get the info at Community Rallies Around Heights Explosion Victims.

Lauren Burgoon February 26, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Unfortunately, we don't have a full body picture of Leo (there are 2 above in the photo section.) The Haddon Heights Police Department called him an all-black cat, though. It can't hurt to call the police, though, they really seem to want to find Leo for Raquel.
LYNNE WILDRICK February 26, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Thank you for your continued coverage of this tragic story. Will you let us know if you hear of a fund being set up for Raquel where we might send contributions?
Lauren Burgoon February 26, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Thanks Lynne - There is a fund set up through Haddon Heights Good Neighbors. Info here: http://patch.com/A-2qm5
kelly paoli February 26, 2013 at 11:48 PM
we have missing cat flyers hanging around town. Pat lives on 4th ave and has 3 traps set hoping we can trap Leo and her sister Claudia placed clothing with Raquels sent on them so Leo can smell her and hopefully lore him into one of the traps. we will find Leo he has ben seen in the neighborhood!!!! say a prayer for Raquel Leo and her family, thank you, Kelly P
MILDRED ELLIS March 17, 2013 at 03:45 PM


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