A heritage group fears an old communication centre near Canso will have to be torn down if it isn't fixed soon.

The Commercial Cable Station in Hazel Hill was built in 1888. In its day, it relayed all telegraph messages between North American and Europe, including news about the sinking of the Titanic and the stock market crash of 1929.

The plug was pulled on the station in 1962. Since then, the structure has crumbled to the point where it's in danger of collapsing.

Now a local heritage group, the Commercial Cable Building Rehabilitation Society, is trying to raise the money to save the building.

"Architecturally it's significant. It's certainly the dominant building for this whole eastern Guysborough County, if not eastern Nova Scotia," said Stephen Townsend, the society's president.

"I think from a technological stand, it was cutting-edge technology. This building was recognized as having the highest and most modern technology of its time."

Townsend said saving the building could cost between $250,000 and $500,000.