Cardi B to Cover Funeral Expenses for Bronx High-Rise Fire Victims

NEW YORK - OCT 17, 2017: Cardi B attends the TIDAL X: Brooklyn concert at the Barclays Center on October 17, 2017, in New York. (Credit: Shutterstock)

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.

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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.