13 bodies have been recovered from a supermarket in central Nairobi which was completely destroyed by fire on Wednesday.

Police are probing reports that exit doors had been closed to prevent looters from entering the building when the fire broke out.

The Kenya Red Cross has said that 47 people have been reported missing since the supermarket fire. That would include those confirmed dead.

One man died from injuries sustained when he leaped from an upper floor of the burning Nakumatt store.

Nakumatt is the east African nation's leading supermarket chain.

Company managers denied any doors were locked at the time of the blaze.

A company statement said the store was fully fire safety compliant and had been installed with advanced fire/smoke detectors.

Rescuers were unable to search the gutted, still-smouldering building properly until today because of fears that the structure would collapse.

Media berated the emergency response to the fire as slow and inadequate.

Nairobi, with an estimated population of 3m, is served by one fire station situated close to the central business district where congestion is particularly heavy.