Cardi B offered to pay the funeral costs for all victims of the Bronx apartment fire, and the New York Mayor is thanking the rapper for the “critical” financial relief.
According to multiple reports, the ‘Bodak Yellow’ rapper is stepping up to cover the funeral and burial costs of all 17 victims of the tragic apartment fire. Cardi B grew up in the same area and wants to help the families suffering from the tragedy.
“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,” Cardi said.
Cardi B Covers Funeral Cost For All 17 Victims Of Deadly Bronx Fire
She continued, “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.”
On January 9, 2022, a raging fire ripped through a 120-unit tower in the apartment complex and killed 17 people. Tragically, many were taken to the hospital and succumbed to their injuries — including victims as young as 2 years old. Authorities claim the fire was started after a broken space heater malfunctioned, and open doors allowed the smoke to fill the entire building. An investigation is underway to determine why those doors were left open, and if any responsibility is held by the owners of the complex.
Rapper Cardi B Arranging For Services For Several Victims In The Gambia, West Africa
Cardi B reportedly teamed up with The Mayor’s Fund to make sure the entire cost is covered for the families, saying, “I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy.” The joint effort will also cover repatriation expenses, after several victims will be buried in the Gambia, a country in West Africa.
New York City’s mayor — Eric Adams — broke his silence on the generous gift, saying, “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.”
NYC Mayor: This Is The Worst Fire We Have Ever Witnessed
During the initial hours following the tragic fire, Adams addressed the situation in a press conference, saying, it was “going to be one of the worst fires we have witnessed in modern times here in the City of New York.” Adding, “We are going to do everything we can to bring services on the ground here to give them the assistance they need as we all recover from the trauma of what we are witnessing here in the buildings behind us.”
The victims of the fire included four members of one family, The Drammeh’s — Fatoumata Drammeh, 50; Foutmala Drammeh, 21; Muhammed Drammeh, 12; and Nyumaaisha Drammeh, 19.