Hill says the three piled up cardboard boxes, paper and pieces of wooden furniture and lit the pile on fire with a lighter. Once the fire grew too big for them to control, they fled.
The fire caused an estimated $150,000 in damages. Hill says the three youths also caused $20,000 in damages from broken windows and mirrors and graffiti.
The hotel's hotel owner was fatally beaten there in 2011 by a homeless man he took in.