BELLEVUE, Wash. - Fire crews from three departments quickly knocked down a Monday afternoon fire that damaged a Bellevue house belonging to Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez.

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 said a majority of the fire was quickly knocked down.

Investigators determined that the fire started in the laundry room.

Hernandez was in Napa, Calif., when the fire started about 3:30 p.m. Monday but was on his way back to Seattle, according to his agent Wil Polidor. The agent said no one was in the home at the time.

Pamela Aramburo waited outside the home to check on her aunt.

She is the nanny, said Aramburo. She saw the fire and the flames come out.

Aramburo said her aunt stayed with the Hernandez children, away from the danger, waiting for awhile in a nearby car.

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

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

KING 5's Natalie Swaby also contributed to this report.

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