A STUDENT was engulfed in flames and fell four floors to his death after an explosion in his block of flats last night. The man, believed to be 20, became trapped in his bedroom as fire swept through the flat in Ellen Wilkinson House, Bethnal Green. He then plunged from the window while ablaze, apparently in a desperate bid to escape the flames. Neighbours said his parents and sister were held back as they tried to get inside the flat. Witnesses said he was still on fire when he hit the ground and that passers-by threw soil on him to try to put out the flames. He was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to hospital, where he died. Neighbour Mohammed Robbie, 23, said the victim, who has not been formally identified, had injuries that were utterly horrific. He added: I heard a huge explosion. The boys parents and sister were standing outside the flat screaming that he was still inside. I tried to kick down the door and wanted to get in there but the flames were everywhere. 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