Vancouver's top 15 overnight news photos from 2015

A lot of dramatic news breaks during the night while most people are fast asleep. CBC Vancouver reporter Rafferty Baker has compiled a list of his top images from the overnight shift in 2015.

CBC Vancouver reporter Rafferty Baker shares his top images from the overnight shift

A lot of dramatic news breaks during the night while most people are fast asleep. CBC Vancouver reporter Rafferty Baker has compiled a list of his top 15 images from the overnight shift in 2015.

1. Raging Maple Ridge fire battled with garden hoses

Martin Bore desperately tries to keep his next-door neighbour's home from catching fire, as flames shoot out of the trailer nearby. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Five people were temporarily rendered homeless, after a fire destroyed one unit in a Maple Ridge trailer park and spread to two others, early on the morning of Nov. 15.

The flames broke out a little before 3 a.m. at the Maple Ridge Motel and Trailer Court in the 21600-block of Lougheed Highway.

Read the full story.

2. RCMP officers fatally shoot man in South Surrey

An RCMP officer walks through the crime scene where a man was fatally shot by police underneath the Semiahmoo Library in South Surrey, B.C. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

The province's police watchdog, the Independent Investigations Office, was called to South Surrey, B.C. after RCMP officers fatally shot a man in the early morning hours of July 18.

The confrontation happened some time around 2:30 a.m. in a parking area attached to the Semiahmoo Library at 152 Street and 18 Avenue. The building also serves as an RCMP detachment.

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3. Massive fire destroys home in Surrey's Fraser Heights neighbourhood

Surrey fire crews work to get a huge fire under control on Tilbury Place. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Three people lost their home after it was engulfed in flames in the early morning on Sep. 13, in Surrey's Fraser Heights neighbourhood.

The fire broke out sometime around 3 a.m. in the 10700-block of Tilbury Place, a small cul-de-sac lined with large homes.

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4. Two rescued from car crash in Vancouver

A woman is trapped in the back seat of a car, after it crashed along Boundary Road at Price Street in Vancouver. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Firefighters were called to rescue two women from the back seat of a crashed car a little after 5 a.m. on Dec. 6. Neither was seriously injured, though one complained of back pain and required a spinal board.

Officials said alcohol and speed would be investigated as possible factors in the single-car crash.

5. Downtown Eastside fire puts 60 people out of their homes

Firefighters use a tall ladder to get closer to flames spitting out of the top of a Vancouver apartment building. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

A major fire in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside put 60 residents out of their homes on the morning of Aug. 22.

The fire started around 5 a.m. in a four-storey wood-framed apartment building near Cordova Street and Dunlevy Avenue next to Oppenheimer Park.

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6. New Westminster crash traps woman in car

New Westminster fire crews crowd around the driver's side of a vehicle, while they work to free a woman who became trapped during a crash at McBride Boulevard and 8th Avenue. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

The driver of a grey sedan was in stable condition after a crash crushed the side of her vehicle, trapping her on Aug. 19.

The collision happened just before 1 a.m. at the intersection of McBride Boulevard and 8th Avenue.

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7. Two men saved after simultaneous overdoses at McDonald's

First responders in Surrey work to revive a man who has suffered an overdose and collapsed on the floor of McDonald's on King George Blvd and 102 Ave at 5 a.m., Oct. 23. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Two men were rescued after suffering overdoses at the same time at McDonald's.

Paramedics said both patients had gone into respiratory arrest after ingesting an opiate, possibly heroin or fentanyl.

Fentanyl overdoses repeatedly made the news in 2015, as officials warned drug users of the serious risks.

8. Pedestrian struck on Vancouver's Granville Street

Vancouver Police closed a section of Granville Street after a serious collision involving a pedestrian, just before midnight on Aug. 11. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Witnesses said a young woman was jaywalking in the 1000-block of Granville Street when she was struck on Aug. 11.

She was taken to hospital in serious condition, and the driver was cooperating with police.

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9. Mattress fire shuts down punk show at Vancouver's Funky Winkerbean

A man wearing devil horns cycles toward a fire in the alley behind Vancouver’s Funky Winkerbean pub on West Hastings Street, as firefighters arrive to put out the fire. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

The fire, which began when a mattress in the alley somehow ignited, penetrated the back of the building and shut down a punk show in the bar in the early morning hours of July 18.

Nobody was hurt and the damage to the building was minimal.

10. Burnaby apartment fire kills 57-year-old man

Burnaby firefighters exit an apartment building on Kingsway, after the discovery that a man had died in a fire. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

The fire began on Dec. 12 around 12:30 a.m. at a 16-storey high-rise in a B.C. Housing complex at 7264 Kingsway.

Officials said the flames were contained to a single suite, and the damage was mostly found around the bed area. The cause of the fire wasn't released.

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11. Man in serious condition after Halloween stabbing in Delta

Delta police look at possible evidence on Arpe Road, on Nov. 1, after a man was stabbed outside a Halloween party at a home. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

On Oct. 31 paramedics took a stabbing victim to Royal Columbian Hospital in serious but stable condition. 

Police arrested one person in relation to to the incident.

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12. Langley man faces charges after high-speed chase through Surrey

A Surrey RCMP officer lost control of his SUV during a pursuit at 192 Street and 51b Avenue. The officer was airlifted to hospital. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

A 26-year-old Langley man was facing several charges following an hour-long dangerous driving chase through South Surrey and Cloverdale that sent an RCMP officer to hospital on Mar. 12.

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13. Vancouver police investigating after man stabbed in back

Police look at evidence inside a crime scene in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

A man was rushed to hospital with a stab wound to the back, after an incident in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside early on Oct. 16, according to the B.C. Ambulance Service.

The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. in the 100-block of East Hastings Street.

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14. Firefighters put out SUV fire in front of Burnaby's Michael J. Fox Theatre

Burnaby RCMP were called to investigate after a sports utility vehicle was found on fire in front of the Michael J Fox Theatre, early on the morning of April 18. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

When this fire broke out on Apr. 18, firefighters made quick work of the flames, and nobody was hurt. The cause of the fire was unknown.

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15. Candle blamed for Burnaby apartment fire during power outage

A Burnaby firefighter speaks with another firefighter, while crews battle a fire in an apartment building in the 8300-block of 10th Avenue, early on the Aug. 30. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

A fierce storm on Aug. 29 knocked power out for about half of a million B.C. Hydro customers, wreaking havoc across the Metro Vancouver region.

Officials believe the fire began when a child lit a candle during the power outage, while his family of nine was asleep.

See another photo, and read more about the storm.

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