Following the tragic deaths of 17 people in the Twin Parks North West apartment complex fire that left scores more injured, Bronx native Cardi B has pledged to cover the funeral and burial expenses for victims.
According to officials, the fire which broke out about 11 am on Sunday, January 9, was started by a malfunctioning space heater, which spread smoke through a 19-floor building in the Bronx borough of New York.
Of the 17 who died, ranging in age from two to 50, nine were children.
In the wake of the devastating tragedy, the state of New York announced this week plans to grant $2 million to a fund for the victims. The relief fund has already raised more than $2.5 million.
Cardi B, who felt compelled to offer assistance, has also partnered with The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in an effort to ensure all the victims are included in the rap star’s donation and that the final wishes of their loved ones are met.
With many of the victims having ties to Gambia, families of several have decided to bury them in their homeland. According to the mayor’s office, Cardi B has committed to paying the repatriation expenses for the victims who will be buried in the African nation.
“I’m extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still. So, when I heard about the fire and all of the victims, I knew I needed to do something to help,” Cardi B shared with CNN.
She continued: “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 of New York Eric Adams also chimed in, expressing gratitude to Cardi B for providing financial relief.
“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,” Adams shared in a statement.
In continuing, he said the city will be forever grateful to her and the grassroots donors and corporate partners who have contributed to the cause.