Family Law

Was Christmas fire that destroyed small law office a case-related arson?


It isn’t yet known whether a Christmas fire that destroyed an Illinois attorney’s law office was an arson.

But matrimonial lawyer Paula Rieghns says she is convinced someone unhappy about a divorce case firebombed her small Marengo office, northwest of Chicago, according to CBS Chicago and the Northwest Herald (reg. req.).

“People get very angry about their divorces. I’ve been threatened in the past,” she told the Herald. “My employees are scared, my clients are scared and I’m scared. I want this person caught. I want them brought to justice.”

Now, at the same time that she is struggling to get her practice up and running without computers, case files or even client phone numbers, Rieghns is worried about her safety. She is also angry that the Marengo police department allowed her landlord to clean up the scene and hasn’t brought in the state fire marshal or the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to help investigate.

CBS Chicago reports that the fire started in a couch in Rieghns’ office.

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