An inquest into the fire that gutted down Nakumatt Downtown Supermarket is yet to conclude hearings due to frequent adjournments.

On Monday, 8 years after the fire claimed the lives of 29 people, the inquest was postponed to December 8.

Milimani chief magistrate Francis Andayi put off the case after Nakumatt lawyer, M Musyoki, failed to appear in Court.

The Court heard that Mr Musyoki was engaged in another matter at the Supreme Court.

Senior state counsel Solomon Naulikha told the court that investigating officer Emmanuel Ng’etich was ready with three witnesses, among them a pathologist.

The deceased, including five Nakumatt staff, died on January 28, 2009 in the fire that reportedly resulted from the explosion of gas cylinders.

A public inquest at a court was then recommended after investigations led by detective Ngetich of the Nairobi Area CID.

A senior officer from the electrical engineering department in the former Ministry of Public Works, Danson Kimathi, said in his report that the fire may have originated from fuel vapours or gas coming in contact with the hot exhaust pipe of the generator, or sparks from contact during a change from DC to AC.