A Bellevue home belonging to Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez was severely damaged by fire Monday afternoon.
Hernandez and his wife, Sandra, were in Napa, Calif., when flames erupted at the home around 3:30 p.m., but are returning to Seattle because of the blaze, according to his agent, Wil Polidor. He said the couple’s two children were at a mall with their nanny and the pitcher’s mother-in-law when the fire started.
No one was hurt in the fire, he said.
Firefighting crews from Bellevue, Redmond and Mercer Island spent about 50 minutes knocking down the blaze, said Bellevue Fire Department spokesman Richard Burke. At 6 p.m., investigators were waiting for the house to be ventilated so they could assess damage and begin looking for a cause, he said.
Most of the “substantial damage” to the house is on the first floor while the second floor was mostly damaged by smoke, Burke said. No one was in the structure when fire crews arrived.
Hernandez in July 2010 paid $3.2 million for the five-bedroom, four-bathroom house, which has about 5,040 square feet of living space. It also has a wine room, four fireplaces, a theater room and lake views.
He bought the home a few months after signing a five-year, $78-million contract extension with the Mariners.
It’s been a tough few weeks for the Cy Young Award winner and his family.
Last month, the wife of Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero was charged with wire fraud for allegedly using a debit card belonging to Sandra Hernandez to make online purchases. The charges allege that Maria Peguero used the card to have nearly $180,000 in merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue delivered to her Fife, Pierce County, apartment between June 26, 2012, and Oct. 9, 2012.
Peguero has pleaded not guilty to the charges.