Cardi B has pledged to cover funeral expenses for the 17 people, including eight children, killed in a Jan. 9 apartment fire in New York City.
The Grammy-winning rapper said in a statement Wednesday that she wanted to help the families of those who lost their lives in the tragic high-rise fire in the Bronx, where she grew up.
“I’m extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still,” Cardi B said in a statement. “So, when I heard about the fire and all of the victims, I knew I needed to do something to help.”
“I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the families of the victims are experiencing, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones will help as they move forward and heal. I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy,” she added.
New York Mayor Eric Adams’ office thanked the “Bodak Yellow” rapper in a post on Twitter. “New Yorkers take care of their own. Thank you @iamcardib for this generous support to victims of the Bronx Fire.”
The mayor’s office also shared details on the city’s Bronx Fire Relief Fund, which has already raised over $2.5 million to provide support for those affected.
Many of the victims were from the small West African nation of Gambia and Cardi B will cover the expenses for them to be repatriated to their homeland, the mayor’s office said.
The fire in the 19-story Twin Parks North West was sparked by a faulty space heater in a second floor apartment, according to local news reports.