‘Mrs Doubtfire’ house in San Francisco set on fire in arson attack

Following Robin Williams' death last year, well-wishers laid flowers outside the house in tribute

The San Francisco house used in classic Robin Williams film Mrs Doubtfire was set on fire last night (January 5).

The house in San Francisco’s upmarket Pacific Heights neighbourhood, now owned by a prominent US plastic surgeon, was targeted by an arsonist at 8pm local time, NBC News reports.

Police have confirmed that the blaze was caused when the arsonist set fire to a doormat, but an arrest has yet to be made. The house, which the current owner purchased for $1.4m (£900,000) in 2000, is said to have suffered scorch marks and damage to its front door.

The house has been a popular tourist spot ever since it provided the main location for 1993’s Mrs Doubtfire, in which Williams played an estranged husband who disguises himself as a female housekeeper in order to spend time with his children. Following Williams’ death last year, many well-wishers laid flowers outside the house in tribute to the late actor.