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CHICAGO (CBS) — A Marengo divorce lawyer says she’s living in fear a week after a Christmas night fire destroyed her law office.

Paula Rieghns is convinced that the fire that started in a couch in her office was intentionally set and designed to intimidate her.

She said couches don’t just go up in flames.

“I’m terrified somebody is so upset that they would do this to my office,” she said.

When she was at the scene, she said someone on the fire side of the police tape mentioned a gas can having been left at the scene.

“I’m frustrated and I’m terrified and I’m mostly scared,” she said.

She says she’s convinced it was someone connected to one of her divorce cases.

“I’ve gone to the police and have given them a list of the suspects and the motives and my files.”

And, she says, she has a pretty good idea who it was.

But, for now, investigators won’t say it was an arson.

The cause remains under investigation.

For her own safety, Rieghns said she’s been staying with a friend.

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