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NEW YORK – Rapper Cardi B has said she will cover the funeral costs for the 17 victims who were killed in a fire in New York City earlier this month.

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Cardi B told CNN: “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. 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.”

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A fund created by New York City has already raised more than $2.5 million, on top of more than $1.5 million raised through a number of online fundraising campaigns, WNBC reported. Cardi B will work with the official fund set up by New York to help families, and will also help to pay for repatriation expenses since some of the victims will be buried in West Africa, People Magazine reported.

Bronx apartment building fire kills 17.

File photo: A Bronx apartment building stands a day after a fire swept through the complex killing 17 people and injuring dozens of others. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The fire killed 17 people, including eight children, as we previously reported. Fire officials said the fire began in a duplex apartment on the second and third floors of the Bronx building.

The fire was one of the deadliest in New York City in the last three decades, and was likely sparked by a faulty space heater, USA Today reported.