The attorney representing a 27-year-old man charged with setting a fire that killed five people in New York City says he acted heroically during the blaze by helping a 2-year-old boy escape.

Daniel Ignacio is being held without bail after he was charged with second-degree murder and arson in the weekend blaze in Brooklyn. Prosecutors say he told police he was drunk and threw a lit roll of toilet paper on a baby carriage near the door before heading to bed.

Lawyer Danielle Eaddy said Wednesday she doesn't believe Ignacio's statements will prove an intention to start the fire.

She also says there are problems with how the statements were obtained.

Eaddy says Ignacio helped save the toddler by passing him to safety before getting out of the building.