WEST HAVEN, Conn.(WTNH) — Anthony Carter, 62, was celebrating his birthday at his home on Staten Island Saturday night, when officials say candles sparked a fire that took his life. Witnesses say his 9-year-old son tried to save him.
“We’re all at a loss. It’s such a surprise,” said UNH Professor Robert Albright. Carter taught business at the University of New Haven with Albright. Albright says Carter was a good colleague and friend.
“His heart was in the right place. He would do anything to get the students jobs, internships, experiences. He’d do things for the community as well,” said Albright.
Officials say neighbors even grabbed garden hoses to try and help, but the flames were too heavy. His death was felt throughout the entire neighborhood.
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One neighbor said he was like a father figure. That’s no surprise for folks at the University of new Haven. Carter had a passion for mentoring. For almost ten years he ran a program that paired local youth with students on campus.
“He was one of those gifted individuals who can write an article for the Harvard business review one day and then interact with high school students the next,” said Albright.
Now many are worried for Carter’s son. Officials say the little boy had burns to his hands but he’s expected to be ok.
Albright said, “It was always heartwarming to watch their relationship. That’s who I’m thinking of now actually.”
A University of New Haven spokesperson sent a statement that read,
“The University of New Haven community was very sorry to learn of the tragic death of Tony Carter, who served as a dedicated member of the University’s faculty for more than a decade. An expert in globalization, he joined the University in 2005. He has studied and lectured in China, Lithuania, and the country of Georgia. He had a passion for mentorship and, for nearly the last 10 years, he has hosted a program that paired local youth with University of New Haven students to provide encouragement and advice. The University community expresses its heartfelt condolences during this difficult time to Professor Carter’s three sons, his family, friends, colleagues, and many students.”