Cardi B will cover the cost of burying the victims of a fire that took the lives of 17 people in The Bronx on January 9. Cardi, who was born and raised in the New York borough, will fund the funerals for all of those who lost their lives, including a number of people who will be buried in the Gambia, west Africa.
"When I heard about the fire and all of the victims, I knew I needed to do something to help,” Cardi B said in a statement. "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.
Mayor Eric Adams, whose Bronx Fire Relief Fund Cardi is partnering with to provide the necessary funds, said: "We are grateful for Cardi B, a real superstar on and off the mic, for granting some critical financial relief to families of the victims. The city will be forever thankful to her and also to the grassroots donors and corporate partners who have been able to offer immediate support for our neighbors in need, to reestablish themselves during this difficult time.”
The fire, the deadliest in New York for three decades, is believed to have been sparked by a faulty space heater. A separate $2M fund for tenants of the high rise was announced last week.