London fire brigade said she had been found on the first floor of one of the houses in Bow and had been confirmed dead at the scene. Crews had been searching the houses as part of a complex rescue operation after the 20-metre-high crane fell at 2.39pm on Wednesday.
London ambulance service said another four people had been treated at the scene in Gale Street, two of whom had been taken to hospital with head injuries. A number of crews and a team of specialist paramedics who work in hazardous environments responded to the incident.
A woman whose home was damaged said her family were lucky to be alive. She did not wish to give her name, but told the PA news agency that she felt “traumatised”.
She said her home was next to the one that felt the full impact of the falling crane, and said the collapse sounded “like an earthquake”. She said: “I came out of the bathroom, and if I had come out a second later, the attic door which is above could have fallen on me and that would have knocked me out. The way that everything fell – if my brother or sister had been in their rooms which is where it hit directly – I just cannot bear to think about it.”