Since bursting onto the scene, Cardi B has proudly shown her pride for The Bronx, the New York neighborhood, in which she grew up. Even tragedy doesn't change that, it was revealed this week: she'll provide aid to the families of victims of a local apartment fire that shook the community.
The fire killed 17 people - eight adults and nine children - on Jan. 9, reportedly caused by a space heater. Authorities are still investigating the matter. Yesterday (Jan. 19), Cardi and the office of New York City mayor Eric Adams announced that she would pay for funeral costs for all the victims - including repatriation for several victims whose families wish to bury them in their birth country, the African nation of Gambia.
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"I'm extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still," the rapper 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. I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy."