RENSSELAER, N.Y. — The community is still coming to terms with a Sunday morning fire that killed three and injured two more.
Safia Alblakhi, 68; Monzalah Alshami, 41; and 8-year-old Aymen Alshami were killed in the fire. Two teenage children were hospitalized, one in critical condition.
Spectrum News is told 17-year-old Motasam Alshami, the quarterback of his high school football team, is recovering at Albany Medical Center. He recieved non-life threatening injuries. His sister Rafa received burns to a third of her body.
Alshami's teammates and coaches at Rensselaer High School are still trying to come to grips with Sunday’s tragedy.
Monday, several of Alshami's teammates on the football team tried maintaining some sense of normalcy, hitting the school's weight room. Alshami is the team's starting quarterback, and teammates say he'd want them to keep practicing.
Alshami's coach, Joel Preston, has known him for several years now and calls him the "nicest kid."
“We just need to keep him in our sights and try for him, hopefully go from worst to first this year," Preston said. "These kids -- you can hear the weights clinking behind me -- hopefully they’ll be committed."
Investigators are still working to determine the cause and point of origin for the fire.
Monday, police gave an update on what happened at the scene.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family and to help cover medical costs.