Fires raged out of control in Baghdad Friday night as thousands of Iraqis burned government ministries and other symbols of Saddam Hussein's regime.

The Ministries of Education and Industry, both in the heart of Baghdad, were looted and set on fire, sending dark smoke over the city. The Foreign and Information Ministries and the Baath Party headquarters were sacked along with the city's engineering and nursing colleges.

The Trade and Planning Ministries also were burning, along with one of the main markets in the city center.

Abu Dhabi TV reported there were no fire hoses to put out the fires.

It was the third straight day of lawlessness that began with the arrival of U.S. troops in the capital.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.