King Felix’s house catches fire

Investigators have determined that a fire that damaged the Bellevue, Wash., home of Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez started in the laundry room.

Lt. Richard Burke says the cause of the Monday afternoon fire remains under investigation. Damage is estimated at $250,000.

Hernandez and his wife, Sandra, were in Napa, Calif., at the time. His agent, Wil Polidor, says their two children were at a mall with their nanny and the pitcher’s mother-in-law.

Burke says police have secured the home, which is uninhabitable.

"I have been in contact with Felix and he and his family are safe," Mariners spokesman Tim Hevly said by email.

The Bellevue Fire Department tweeted that the majority of the fire was quickly knocked down. There was no immediate information on the extent or cause of the fire.

The fire started about 4 p.m. Monday. Hernandez and his wife were on their way back to Seattle because of the blaze, his agent Wil Polidor told The Seattle Times. The agent said no one was in the home at the time.

In October, reports surfaced that the wife of Mariners teammate Carlos Peguero was charged with three counts of fraud after allegedly making nearly $180,000 in purchases using a debit card belonging to Hernandez’s wife Sandra.

Firefighters from nearby Redmond and Mercer Island joined Bellevue crews to attack the blaze.

King County public records show the 5,100-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bath house belonging to Felix A. and Sandra Hernandez was built in 2009 and is valued at $2.85 million.

KIRO TV in Seattle released additional photos of what it says is the damage caused to the house. You can see them here.