Police detain suspect in arson at 'Mrs. Doubtfire' home

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Posted: Jan 07, 2015 6:36 PM
Police detain suspect in arson at 'Mrs. Doubtfire' home

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police arrested a woman Wednesday in connection with two small arson fires set at a house that served as the backdrop to the popular "Mrs. Doubtfire" movie starring Robin Williams.

Tyqwon Eugenen Welch, 25, of Los Angeles, was booked into the San Francisco County jail on suspicion of attempted murder, criminal threats, trespassing, arson and possession of an incendiary device.

She remained jailed and has not been assigned a lawyer.

The iconic "Mrs. Doubtfire" house served as a temporary shrine to Williams after he committed suicide in August, amassing flowers, candles and other items mourning the Bay Area-based comedian's death.

Dr. Douglas Ousterhout purchased the home several years ago in the city's upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood.

Ousterhout, 79, is a plastic surgeon who specializes in "facial feminization" for transgender women.

He told police that Welch is a disgruntled former patient whom he suspected of setting the fires.

Ousterhout said he was cooking in his kitchen at about 8 p.m. when he smelled gasoline and fire outside. Ousterhout extinguished the small blazes on a door mat and in front of a garage, and he was not harmed.

The fires caused minimal damage.