Baker was at Hernandez's residence to capture the scene as the Bellevue Fire Department tended to the inferno that ignited within the home and was deemed "a large residential fire."
Felix Hernandez's house is on fire. Bellevue Fire Dept. is on the scene. pic.twitter.com/EWzHBKxd5k— Geoff Baker (@gbakermariners) November 5, 2013
Shannon Drayer of MyNorthwest.com confirmed that nobody was home when the fire occurred:
Just got word that Felix Hernandez and family are fine. They were not home at the time of the fire. #Mariners— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) November 5, 2013
According to The Seattle Times report, Hernandez bought the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home for $3.2 million in July 2010. The purchase came a few months after the 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner signed a five-year, $78 million contract extension to remain in Seattle.
The Mariners endured a fourth consecutive losing season this year and did not give their ace much help in the way of run support.
Hernandez posted a stellar 3.04 ERA, but managed only a 12-10 record in 2013.