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Man loses 326 pounds after his weight took up two plane seats during evacuation

  • Tony Bussey has lost 326 pounds in two years
  • He credits his transformation to the wildfires that swept through Fort McMurray in 2016

A Canadian man lost more than 300 lbs in two years; thanks to a wildfire in 2016.

Tony Bussey has lost 326 pounds in two years – and he credits his transformation to the wildfires that swept through Fort McMurray in 2016.

“That had a huge effect on me,” said Bussey, 43.

“It was at that moment I felt, ‘Enough is enough, Tony. You can’t keep going on like this. You’re affecting other people now.'”

Bussey was working his regular shift in the tire shop at Suncor Energy’s oilsands plant in May 2016 when the order came to evacuate the facility in the face of a wildfire that was raging dangerously close. Buses pulled up to take employees to Suncor’s airstrip.

“They took me from the back of the line to the front of the line because of my size,” he recalled.

“They put me at the front of the bus, but they wouldn’t sit anybody next to me. Nobody could fit there. I was spilling over into the next seat,” he said.

“I couldn’t stop thinking, there’s somebody left behind. They’ve got to wait longer in this hell.

“Everybody was wanting to get out there and get back to their families. A person now has to wait — who knows how much longer — because I’m too fat to sit next to,” he added.

Bussey’s next goal is to run a marathon. He wants to do it in three years, on the fifth anniversary of the fire.