Chinese public authorities are said to have suspended production at a poultry plant close to the factory that caught fire this week, a blaze that led to the deaths of 120 people.

Sarah Li, director of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council’s Hong Kong branch, said another broiler factory close to the stricken plant “has been asked by the local government to suspend production for the time being for inspection on safety measures”.

A fire at the slaughterhouse near the north-eastern Chinese city of Changchun has so far claimed the lives of 120 people and left a further 70 hospitalised. State media has reported the blaze was triggered by explosions related to a chemical ammonia leak.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on officials to investigate the incident. A government statement read: “Xi has urged authorities to ascertain the cause of the fire and hold those responsible accountable.”

Beijing has reportedly said they will overhaul factory standards. According to the Xinhua news agency, the Chinese government plans to shake up regulations and make the results public.

“Production safety is a precondition for sustainable, healthy economic development,” the statement said,” a statement released after a meeting of China’s State Council and cited by Xinhua read.