AceShowbiz - Cardi B is offering a helping hand for families of those who died in an apartment fire in the Bronx. On Wednesday, January 19, the "WAP" hitmaker announced that she will pay funeral costs for all 17 victims.
"I'm extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still," the hip-hop star 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," the wife of Offset added. "I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy."
Cardi's representative noted that she joined forces with The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City to make sure that the victims' families would be included in her donation. She also hopes "that the final wishes for their loved ones were met."
Upon learning of Cardi's generous offer, Mayor Eric Adams issued a statement to express his gratitude. "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," so read the message.
"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," it added.
The January 9 blaze, which became the city's deadliest fire in more than 30 years, started from a malfunctioning space heater in a second-floor apartment of the 19-story Twin Parks North West. According to the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, all the victims died of smoke inhalation.