Without acting fast, they could destroy downtown Marietta.
Only one out of four buildings in downtown Marietta has a fire detector. Over the past decade, fires have destroyed business's and leveled buildings.
Marietta fire Chief C.W. Duram says there is a solution. Fire alarms help with quick reaction time. Chief Duram says, instead of losing the entire building, the business can be back up and running in a couple of days.
The fire department is looking into all the different types of alarm systems, comparing cost and insurance.
"And that is what we are trying to weigh out right now is, the risk verses benefit. We don't want to put a burden on any of the business owners in marietta, we know times are always tight, and we know the situation that they are in, we just want to find a happy medium to be able to protect them the best we can as well," said Chief C.W. Durham.
Chief Durham is working with a Marietta College intern who surveyed businesses this spring and a member from the engineering department at the fire station.
They are only halfway through the process. Chief Durham says the department plans to look at the issue again in June and he is working to find out what is benefical for everyone. They're looking for the community to get involved.