One of CBC Toronto's very own has been honoured with a Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association Media Award.
Video producer Tony Smyth is set to receive the "best photo posted to social media" award at the association's annual media awards luncheon on Friday afternoon for his coverage of a two-alarm house fire that broke out in the early hours of March 16, 2015.
Firefighters were able to knock down the two-alarm house fire not long after it broke out just before 5 a.m. that day near the inersection of Bathurst and Ulster streets, but not before Smyth captured crews battling the flames.
No one was injured in the fire. A man who lived in the home said the smoke alarm woke him up and he quickly woke up the other residents and raced out of the house to safety.
Smyth has been working with CBC for nearly a decade, scanning the airwaves and streets for news while most of the city sleeps.
The fire fighters association vice-president Damien Walsh said in an email to Smyth, "you posted a number of photos from the scene, with one especially depicting Toronto fire fighters battling this spectacular working fire."
"As fire fighters tend to work very swiftly in extinguishing fires, it is not often that there are such dramatic images available to the public," Walsh added.
The annual media awards luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Centre Hotel Friday at 12 p.m., honouring the achievements of members of the media.