Woman arrested in connection with ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ house fire pleads not guilty 

The woman arrested on suspicion of setting two small fires outside the house made famous in the Robin Williams film “Mrs. Doubtfire” pleaded not guilty on Friday to six felony counts and two misdemeanors in connection with the crime, according to prosecutors.

Tyqwon Eugenen Welch, 25, of Los Angeles is expected to return to court Friday for arraignment, said Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian.

Welch was arrested Wednesday morning in San Jose by San Francisco police.

The fires were reported Monday night about 8 p.m. at the Pacific Heights house in the 2600 block of Steiner Street.

Dr. Douglas K. Ousterhout, 79, a noted plastic surgeon who lives at the house, was cooking when he noticed the smell of gasoline. When he went out front to investigate, he saw his door mat and garage door were on fire. The fires were extinguished and he called police.

Investigators working with the doctor found that the suspect may have been a former patient who was unhappy with Ousterhout.

Ousterhout reportedly specializes in facial feminization for transgender women.

Welch pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of burning an inhabited building, one felony count each of possession of an incendiary device, criminal threats, attempted murder and residential burglary, Bastian said. She also faces two misdemeanors for trespassing and making annoying phone calls.

She remains in custody on $1 million bail and her next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 20.

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