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"Nothin' but chaos going on here inside the newsroom"

CBS11 anchor Doug Dunbar

CBS11's newsroom reverted to the stone age at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday when all of the computers went dead while wildfires were sweeping through Montague County.

"All of a sudden we had nothin'," anchor Doug Dunbar says in a video blog on the D-FW-based station's web site.

Three old-school typewriters were dug up and brought to the newsroom until the computers returned to life in time for the 6 p.m. newscast. Dunbar says that he and co-anchor Tracy Kornet did a one-hour 4 p.m. newscast that was "completely ad lib."

Technology-wise, "Thursday was about as bad as it can get," Dunbar says. He also praises staffers for putting together a newscast that looked none the worse for wear despite all the behind-the-scenes "chaos" on what turned out to be a big breaking news day.