Overnight news in Vancouver: photos from 2017

CBC video journalist Gian-Paolo Mendoza shares his top photos from stories that happened while you were asleep this past year.

CBC Vancouver reporter Gian-Paolo Mendoza shares his top photos taken in the overnight hours

While you were sleeping this past year, CBC Vancouver reporter Gian-Paolo Mendoza was combing the streets, gathering news, capturing images and bringing you stories from all over Metro Vancouver.

Take a look at some of his favourite photos from 2017.

1. Seniors home fire claims one life in Langley

The building's manager helps one of the elderly residents with his walker, outside the building where the fire started. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

A man helps an elderly resident escape a seniors home with his walker in Langley, after a fire broke out in the early morning hours on Apr. 12, 2017.

The fire claimed the life of one person and temporarily displaced dozens of others. 

2. Wildfire smog lingers in Vancouver

A man paddles his makeshift raft towards sailboats in English Bay in thick smog from the dozens of wildfires burning in B.C.’s South Coast this past summer. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

A man paddles his makeshift raft towards sailboats in English Bay in thick smog from the dozens of wildfires burning in B.C.'s South Coast this past summer.

3. Furniture store erupts into flames in Burnaby

Eight fire crews were called to the blaze at 2:00 a.m. Friday. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Fire crews prepare to battle massive flames after a vehicle fire quickly spread to a large furniture warehouse, destroying the large building on Kingsway in Burnaby in February.

4. Bodies of missing hikers recovered from Mount Harvey

Search and rescue personnel from across the Lower Mainland have resumed the search for a group of hikers who went missing near Lions Bay, B.C., on Saturday. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Search and Rescue teams from all over the Lower Mainland converged on the village of Lions Bay to search for five hikers who went missing on Mount Harvey in February.

Searchers believe a cornice collapsed on the peak, sending the group tumbling down the mountain's north face.

5. Downtown Eastside shooting is Vancouver's first homicide of 2017

Emergency Response Team officers in the Downtown Eastside following a shooting. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Members of the VPD's Emergency Response Team clear out of the Savoy Pub on Hastings Street in January, the site of the city's first homicide of 2017

6. Suspicious fire guts Vancouver heritage mansion

Neighbours said the mansion had been vacant for several years. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Deputy Chief Brian Godlonton with Vancouver Fire Rescue Services surveys the scene, as crews battle a suspicious fire at a 6,000 square foot heritage mansion in the city's Shaughnessy neighbourhood.

7. Second large fire erupts at Mitchell Island auto yard

A couple of tugboats passing by scan the Fraser River shoreline for people, as the fire rages on Mitchell Island. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

A large fire at an auto parts recycling yard on Mitchell Island sends a thick plume of black smoke into the night sky.

The yard was the site of another fire in January 2017.

8. Lower Mainland windstorm leaves thousands without electricity

The strong winds washed ashore this sailboat near Vancouver's Vanier Park. (G.P. Mendoza/CBC)

Daylight breaks over a beached sailboat at Vanier Park in Vancouver, following a windstorm that left thousands without electricity in Metro Vancouver in May. 

9. Battle with large fire in Kerrisdale goes overnight

Firefighters battle a 3-alarm blaze in Kerrisdale in June 2017. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Firefighters spent an entire night shift trying to contain a fire that levelled a strip of businesses in Vancouver's Kerrisdale neighbourhood in June. The fire left the neighbourhood in a thick haze the morning after. 

10. Midnight revelry cut short after power outage in Yaletown

The typically busy Yaletown neighbourhood was mostly deserted by midnight, after a power outage knocked out electricity to most of the businesses. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Restaurant workers rejoiced and midnight revellers were left in the dark after some rogue balloons hit a power line in Yaletown, sparking a widespread outage in the bustling Downtown Vancouver district. Read more.