Creve Coeur officials showered praise Friday on a village resident who they said saved at least five people with his “heroic” actions in an apartment building fire last week.

Police Chief Dale King identified the man as Travis May, 51, whose name was not included in court documents related to the Jan. 26 event that became available Thursday.

May was not home and could not be reached for comment Friday in response to King’s and Fire Chief Brad Gill’s accounts of how he rescued three adults and two young children from the six-unit apartment building they all shared at 310 Hawthorne Circle.

“Mr. May’s actions definitely saved the five people in (their) apartment, and possibly the lives of those in adjacent apartments,” Gill said.

The adults – Tiffany Mobley, 26, Nicholas Craig, 25, and his mother Bridget Craig, 45 – were “highly intoxicated,” according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit related to charges of child endangerment filed against Mobley and the younger Craig. They and the couple’s children, ages 4 and 2, apparently were asleep when fire broke out in a pan atop a lit stove at about 10:40 p.m.

From his apartment in the two-story building, “Mr. May said he smelled smoke and something burning and then saw smoke coming out of the (victims’) apartment,” King said in a written account of the event.

“He made entry into the apartment but did not see anyone and no one answered when he yelled out,” King said. “He then went into the kitchen, where he saw a pan on the stove that was on fire. He grabbed the pan and threw it in the sink and smothered (the fire) out.

“The apartment was full of smoke, and he went into the other rooms where he found the residents and helped them get out of the apartment.

“Mr. May’s acts were selfless and heroic, and this could have been a tragic event had he not taken the actions that he did,” King said.

Gill said the fire would’ve spread to the kitchen’s cabinets and walls within a few minutes, the same amount of time the residents had before they “would have been overcome with smoke.” May’s nose and mouth were covered with black soot when firefighters arrived, he said.

Mobley and Nicholas Craig allegedly endangered their children by leaving prescription drugs, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcoholic beverages “within easy reach” of them, including in rooms where they slept, the affidavit stated.

In addition to that misdemeanor charge, Mobley also was charged with felony aggravated battery to a police officer by spitting on him after she was rescued.