Cardi B Pledges To Cover Burial Expenses for 17 Victims of Bronx Fire

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Rapper Cardi B has vowed to cover funeral expenses for all the victims killed in an apartment fire in her native city of New York. 

Cardi B knew she “needed to do something to help” when she heard about the Bronx apartment fire that killed 17 people, which is why she’s offered to cover all funeral expenses. 

The Grammy-award winning rapper has pledged to fund all burial costs, including repatriation fees for certain victims buried in Gambia, in collaboration with New York City Mayor Eric Adams and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. 

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“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,” she said. “I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy.” 

Cardi B has never been shy about expressing her affection for the Bronx where she grew up, saying she still has a large number of family and friends who live and work there.

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Emergency personnel use a manual resuscitator on a fire victim during a high rise fire on East 181 Street, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Lloyd Mitchell)

Mayor Adams praised Cardi B as a “real superstar on and off the mic,” saying the city is grateful to her for providing essential financial assistance to victims’ families. 

“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,” he said. 

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Tragedy struck in the Bronx on January 9 as a fire ripped through a 120-unit apartment complex, causing “one of the city’s worst fires in modern history,” per New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. The 17 people killed included eight children. 

While the incident was first blamed on a space heater malfunction, investigators ultimately discovered that all of the victims died of “severe smoke inhalation,” which was caused in part by the failure of safety doors to close. Investigators believe if the doors had worked as intended, many more lives could have been saved. 

RELATED: Philadelphia, Bronx Fires Highlight Urban Housing Disparities 

The Bronx Fire Relief Fund has raised more than $2.5 million through grassroots donations and support from business and philanthropic community partners.

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here.

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