Our Prayers and sympathy goes out to all the families who lost loved ones in this tragic fire

(CNN) Rapper Cardi B, who is a Bronx native, plans to pay the funeral costs for those who lost their lives in a deadly fire in that New York City borough. In total, 17 people died after a fire ripped through their Bronx apartment building.

The state of New York announced this week that it would be granting $2 million to a fund for the victims.

Cardi B said in a statement to CNN that “I’m extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still.

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Bronx Fire

“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 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.”

The fire, which was New York City’s deadliest in three decades, was sparked by a faulty space heater, according to authorities

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