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Victims Identified In Triple Fatal Oxford Fire

Two brothers have been identified as two of three victims of a fatal fire.
Two brothers have been identified as two of three victims of a fatal fire. Photo Credit: Google Maps

This story has been updated.

The three people who perished in a raging house fire in Oxford on Saturday, March 23, along with a dog have been identified.

The Connecticut State Police identified two of the home's residents as being Karl Maseizik, 54, and his brother Chris “Bubs” Maseizik, 53.

The third person was identified as Nanci N. Southwell, 71, believed to be a longtime companion of one of the brothers.

The fire was discovered on O'Neil Road around 11:20 p.m., Saturday after the Oxford Fire Department received more than dozen 911 calls. When firefighters arrived on the scene, officials say the house was completely engulfed in flames. 

The department had to call in mutual aid for tankers full of water. There are no fire hydrants in the area. It took more than an hour to douse the flames and surrounding foliage. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

According to obituaries posted by the Carpino Funeral Home of Southbury, the family of the brothers is seeking help to pay for funerals for their loved ones.

Service times have not been set at this time. The following includes the obituaries posted on the funeral home's site:

Karl Maseizik

Karl Maseizik. 54, departed this life on March 23, at his home in a tragic house fire. He was inseparable from his brother Christopher, who also died in the fire. Karl was born in Bridgeport on June 11, 1964, to the late Frederick and Adella Ann (Castle) Maseizik.

Karl was a gentle giant who was known as "Car Pile" by his friends. He was a "master auto technician" who worked for PC Auto Services in Woodbury. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, dirt bikes, quads and working on cars. He loved to talk and could go on for hours. He was a sci-fi enthusiast who enjoyed Star Trek, Star Wars, Battle Star Galactica and the Sci-Fi Channel. Karl was a guitar player who had performed with several local bands and played at Spin Stock, an event which he named.”

Christopher "Bubs" Maseizik

Christopher "Bubs" Maseizik, 53, departed this life on March 23, at his home following a tragic house fire. He was inseparable from his brother Karl who also died in the fire.

Christopher was born in Bridgeport on June 2, 1965, to the late Frederick and Adella Ann (Castle) Maseizik.

He was a fan of motocross and watching racing. He was a fisherman who loved his dogs Lucky (Lucky Duck) and Benny. He will be remembered as a good friend who was always present and willing to listen. He had a great sense of humor and could always make those he cared about feel better despite the challenges that he faced. Chris was a culinary artist who was "the Italian spice king." He loved music and was a fan of Elvis, Johnny Cash, and George Thorogood.

Both men are survived by sisters Brenda Maseizik, of Shelton, and Nancy Capponi (and her husband Frank) of Southbury; niece and nephews Melissa Hall and Michael Hall of Seymour; Michael and James Crowther of Southbury and a great-nephew Evan Maza.

To leave a message of remembrance or to help with funeral costs, visit www.CarpinoCares.com.

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