Bronx native Cardi B is working with the New York mayor’s office to help cover burial expenses for the families of the 17 people who died in the January 9 Bronx apartment fire.
“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 announced Cardi B would help cover the costs alongside the Bronx Fire Relief Fund, which has raised more than $2.5 million.
In his own statement, Mayor Eric Adams 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.”
FDNY officials say the fire started when a space heater malfunctioned in an apartment on the third floor of the 19-story building. The victims of the fire at 333 East 181st Street include nine adults and eight children, ranging in age from 2 years old to 50.
In other Cardi B news, the artist recently became the first female rapper to earn three RIAA Diamond singles. The Twitter account @chartdata posted the news on December 13, 2021.
If you would like to donate to the Bronx Fire Relief Fund, you can do so here.
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