Allison’s wedding dress lies somewhere in a pile of ashes, as does her fiance’s suit and their betrothal rings, all in a charred mess with the rest of their life belongings, in a barn hollowed by a stubborn and devastating fire.

But they have their yellow Labrador retriever, Dailey, saved from the sudden blaze, and they plan to still marry on Oct. 15 at the Camden Amphitheater.

“I want to marry her,” said Ryan Jusik, emphatically; the couple’s life by no means derailed by a June 1 fire that destroyed almost everything they owned, save for two bins of photos, and watercolors painted by Allison’s grandmother that were saved by firefighters.

The fire ignited in a bolt during a massive thunderstorm that rolled across the coast of Maine late on a Wednesday morning. The skies had blackened from Waldoboro to Lincolnville, and by the time the storm reached Camden, it was already marching eastward over two bays and touching Bar Harbor.

Ryan Jusik and Allison Hamelin were at work. Ryan, a captain for Yachting Solutions, was securing boats on the Rockland waterfront, and “hoping I wasn’t getting struck by lighting.” Allison was on Cow Island, near Bremen, where she works as a personal chef. They had left their upstairs apartment in the Mountain Street barn earlier that morning, locking Dailey inside.

The storm roiled above at 10:30 a.m., and for who knows why — because it was the only recorded hit in the area — lightning hit the large ash tree in the back of the barn, stripping it of its bark in a flash.

Based on fire patterns, Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley believes another bolt hit the metal-framed deck on the back of the barn, which also had metal furniture on it. Something ignited, and the wooden barn, which had been lovingly renovated by the property’s owner Fred Lemon, was on fire.

A neighbor reported that moments after the lightning hit the tree, he saw a 30-foot flame flashing from the barn’s roof. Besides the third-floor apartment where Allison and Ryan lived, the barn also housed a garage. Lemon and his wife, Roberta, who now live in Searsmont, had raised their family in the home, and the barn renovation was handcrafted by Fred.

With the roof in flames, thunder rolling and rain pounding, Dailey was inside, frantically barking. Two men driving by on Mountain Street stopped, and hearing her bark, they kicked in the door and pulled her out. A neighbor took her inside, and the men drove away, not seeking recognition. Ryan subsequently learned it was two Westbrook contractors, Jeremy Jordan and Cole Leavitt, who were responsible for saving the couple’s dog.

“She’s 2 years old,” said Ryan. “She was a rescue dog. We got her the day before she was going to be put down.”

The fire drew mutual aid response from Hope, Lincolnville and Rockport; in total approximately 45 firefighters spent five hours with chainsaws, axes and hoses battling the stubborn fire. It was all compounded by collapsing floors, which trapped the fire and made it all the harder to extinguish.

“The floors collapsed and that affected the structural integrity of the barn, so we did not send any crews in there,” said Farley.

Firefighters drew water from one hydrant 250 feet from the barn, which flowed less than 500 gallons per minute, said Farley. They then lay 2,000 feet of hose to a hydrant by Mountain View Cemetery, which flowed more than 1,000 gallons per minute. By 3:30 p.m., the barn’s walls were partially standing, but with gaping black holes, its roofline charred and swayback.

“Everything we owned was in that house,” said Ryan.

“All our pictures, our memories,” said Allison. “When we moved up here, we moved everything from our parents’ homes.”

The couple relocated to Camden last April, from Miami, after Ryan took a job with Yachting Solutions. Originally from Newport, R.I., Allison met Ryan at the restaurant where she worked at in Florida. He, a native of Fairfield County, Conn., had been working out of Miami for 14 years, and had given her a ride home on the back of his motorcycle. They fell in love and came to Maine, liked what they saw in Camden, and settled in.

“We will be living and dying in Camden,” they both agreed, four days later, cooking dinner on the porch of their temporary home provided by Lawrence and Emma Loftus, who are out at sea.

“We are amazed by the community,” said Ryan. “We’ve shed more tears over what people have done for us than what we have lost.”

“Strangers have come up to us, local stores have given to us,” said Allison. “It is totally shocking. Josephine and Leonard’s have taken care of us.”

“My bosses at Yachting Solutions have taken care of us,” said Ryan. “Fred and Roberta, Bill and Catherine Morong, Michelle Bailey and Chris Lawton. They, and our friends here, have made this whole thing bearable.”

“Camden, Hope, Lincolnville and Rockport firefighters were incredible,” said Ryan. “Chris Farley has visited us for the last three days, coming up to make sure we were OK. Police Chief Randy Gagne stood by us the entire time.”

The Lemons and Janet Hall have set up the Jusik Fire Fund at The First bank on Route 1 in Rockport. The couple won’t know for certain what they might salvage from the wreckage, until the insurance adjuster finishes inspection. They’ve already peaked through the burned out holes in the barn and have determined there is little. But in the end, they have each other, their dog, and a life ahead together.

“We’re overwhelmed,” said Ryan. “We’re going to get our life restarted. Most of all, and we really want to make sure this is known, we want to thank everybody for helping us.”