Arsonist Tries to Hit Mrs. Doubtfire Home

But damage is minimal to surgeon's residence in San Francisco
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2015 12:35 PM CST
Arsonist Tries to Hit Mrs. Doubtfire Home
The home in San Francisco made famous by the movie "Mrs. Doubtfire."   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The home used in the Robin Williams movie Mrs. Doubtfire had a close call with an arsonist last night, say police in San Francisco. Someone used gasoline to set fires at the front door and the garage, but the homeowner smelled smoke and was able to quickly douse the flames, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Damage was said to be minimal. The Pacific Heights home not only became famous in the movie, it turned into an impromptu memorial for Williams after his death, as fans left flowers and mementos, notes CBS Local.

Investigators don't seem to think the attempted arson has anything to do with Williams or the movie, however. The current owner is Douglas Ousterhout, a surgeon renowned for his facial feminization procedures for transgender patients. A police official tells NBC News that the incident doesn't appear to be a hate crime. Ousterhout reportedly has had trouble with a former client, and police are investigating whether there's a link. (More arson stories.)

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