They were inseparable in life and they were inseparable in death.
Whoever said a dog is man's best friend would have certainly smiled at the bond between Capt. William Ellerbrock and his dog, Boss, both of whom lived in Wilmington in the late 1800s.
The pair would become the lone victims of a vicious blaze in downtown Wilmington in April 1880, victims of circumstance who died committed to unwavering heroism. But their story is bigger than just its tragic end. It speaks to the community of Wilmington and the bravery its residents have shown in its moments of need.
Joining this episode is frequent guest Chris E. Fonvielle Jr, a local historian and author of the new book "Curious Tales from Old Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear." Chris stops by to help tell Ellerbrock and Boss' story, as well as detail the origins of his book, which is now available to buy.
Cape Fear Unearthed is written, edited and hosted by Hunter Ingram. Additional editing by Adam Fish.
The show is sponsored by Northchase Family Dentistry, Tidewater Heating & Air Conditioning, and Cape Fear Pharmacy.